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Gary Simpson extends Macclesfield Town deal until 2013

Gary Simpson
Simpson led the club to their highest finish in six seasons in League Two

Macclesfield Town manager Gary Simpson has extended his contract at the Moss Rose until the end of the 2013 season.

The 50-year-old was promoted from his role as assistant following the death of Keith Alexander in April 2010.

As well as having one of the tightest budgets, the club have had to deal with the death of Richard Butcher this year.

Chairman Mike Rance said: "Gary has brought the club through another hugely difficult season, pulling together a talented, young group of players."

Simpson lead the club to a 15th-placed finish in League Two, their highest in six seasons, in his first full season in management.

He first foray into management was as player-manager of non-league side Gainsborough Trinity, while his only previous Football League experience was in an 11-game spell in caretaker charge of Lincoln City.

"We are happy to have shown this commitment to Gary in what is the first step towards building the long term future of the club," Rance added.

The club have also announced a total of eighteen players are already signed up ahead of next season and they are waiting to hear from Hamza Bencherif, Paul Bolland, Shaun Brisley, Lewis Chalmers and Izak Reid regarding contract offers.

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Simpson waits on Silkmen players
09 May 11 |  Macclesfield
Morgan praises Simpson influence
16 Nov 10 |  Macclesfield
Macclesfield's Butcher dies at 29
10 Jan 11 |  Macclesfield
Simpson lands permanent Macc job
14 Apr 10 |  Macclesfield
Macclesfield boss Alexander dies
03 Mar 10 |  Macclesfield

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