Macclesfield Town are in the hunt for a new manager after sacking Mark Yates following a disastrous start to life back in the Football League. Here are five potential candidates to replace him-

Danny Whittaker/Neil Howarth- They have been placed in caretaker charge and both know the club inside out. Whittaker, who is still playing for Macclesfield in midfield at 37 years-old, has played over 400 games for the Silkmen in his career over two spells. Howarth, on the other hand, spent five years as the captain at Moss Rose in his playing days.

Richie Wellens- He is available after being sacked by Oldham Athletic at the end of last season. His initial impact there was positive which could persuade Macclesfield to go for him. Wellens, who played for the likes of Leicester City, Blackpool and Doncaster Rovers, had a brief spell as a player for the Silkmen two years ago.

Russell Slade- Macclesfield are in deep relegation trouble already and could turn to experience to try and stay up. Slade, who is 57 years-old, has managed teams such as Leyton Orient, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Coventry City and Grimsby Town. He has a reputation of being a good man manager and would be a good fit for Macc.

Steve Davis- He managed Crewe Alexandra from 2011 to 2017 and won promotion from League Two in 2012 as well as winning the JPT Trophy in 2013. Davis’ most recent stint at Leyton Orient did not work out but he is an outsider for the Silkmen.

Michael Brown- The ex-Manchester City, Sheffield United, Fulham and Leeds United midfielder is another option for Macclesfield. He is free after he was sacked by League Two side Port Vale in September 2017 and the vacant Macc job would be an ideal route back into management for him.

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