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    Posted: 01 Feb 2011 at 08:45
Forgive me if this issue has already been raised here. As a fairly close observer of the NW rugby scene, I was very interested to see that Macclesfield are stoking up their ambitions in a very postive fashion. Buoyed up by a very successful first season in N1, the club has recently announced two year contract extensions of DoR Wappett & Head Coach Northey. Luv 'em or hate 'em, this pair have had a great deal to do with the rise and rise of the Cheshire club in the past few seasons.

In this week's Rugby Paper, maybe with a throwaway line, Wappett even has Sale Sharks in his sights as part of a strategy to become the leading club in the NW. So what was for several seasons a well organised level 4 club with a fantastic location, neat facilities but rather limited cash is suddenly targeting, in due course, a Championship place.

"That doesn't mean we'll get ahead of ourselves financially. None of us will put the club in trouble" Wappett is quoted as saying. So it's interesting to speculate about the financing strategy to achieve such an advance. It will certainly not be built on the size of their crowds - an average of 350 spectators puts them towards the bottom of the N1 ranking. (But when has crowd size got anything to do with playing ambitions? Ask Barking!). They must be very grateful to their sponsors to enable such ambitions to be envisaged in what is a very tough economic climate. Good luck to them! The NW badly needs a Championship club.


  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Feb 2011 at 09:23

Macc have done extremely well in their first season. Only outdone by Barking who look set for level 2. I mentioned yesterday, after watching CP v WW on Sunday- I think all NL1 sides(with promnotion ambitions) have a long way to go

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Feb 2011 at 09:40
Does Wappett anticipate a Sale decline? I'm very concerned at the growing trend for promising players in the AP to head for Tigers or Northampton for instance as soon as they show any signs of real potential. Falcons are looking at losing Micky Young to Tigers, Kieron Brookes is off there as well I believe and they are casting covetous eyes at Swinson and Hudson as well. It won't be too long before there is a two tier premiership with the rich clubs getting richer and the others fighting desperately to avoid relegation. It's not good for English rugby in my opinion and this will filter down the pyramid with Championship and ND 1 clubs taking AP Academy players on loan as part of their development. Not something that I anticipate wth anything other than deep concern
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Feb 2011 at 10:52
I think Mr Wappets comments are a bit 'Tongue in Cheek' that said they have moulded a very competitive side and are having a good season in Nat 1, unlike Sedge who in my opinion are way below par for the squad they have got including injuries.
IMO Macc need a good few season's developing there crowd base and infrastructure before they can even contemplate the MASSIVE step up to the championship
They have Possible two or three players that would maybe get into a squad at the bottom of the championship.
On watching them this season it is no surprise that Masefield rise came with Manchester's demise with a few ready made players for Nat 1. Unless Sale go belly up its a very long and treacherous road to the championship I ask is it worth it ?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Feb 2011 at 11:21
Wise words RugbyNut. I imagine that one or two of the older Macc committee/officers are having a few sleepless nights about such a bullish statement by the DoR. He spent big at B&B and Hull so I suspect he's generally 'high maintenance'. Can Macc match his ambitions with dosh for players?

Sale have pulled in their horns on the loan of players so whatever Macc does looks as though it will have to be achieved by their own commercial efforts.


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