WHO NEXT?: DARYL MCMAHON
In this five-part series I assess who should be next to step into the dugout as Taylor’s successor. The fans want a young, hungry and exciting manager and it is thought to be dependant on who makes the decision - Thompson or the owners - whether we get that or not. The second of the candidates is Daryl McMahon who is currently manager of Macclesfield Town.
Daryl is currently in charge at struggling Macclesfield who face the prospect of going under with a financial crisis overshadowing matters on the pitch. Daryl himself is a young Irish manager who was based in the South East of England as a player and until recently as a manager - obviously currently up north with Macclesfield.
As a player he made 363 appearances for various clubs in the higher reaches of the non-league pyramid and lower reaches of the football league. Clubs include Stevenage, Orient (I know!), Farnborough, Eastleigh, Dover, Ebbsfleet and Boreham Wood.
Daryl was an aspiring coach at Spurs whilst playing for Ebbsfleet before taking caretaker charge of the latter in 2014. He then got the job on a permanent basis the following April in 2015. He guided the Fleet to promotion from the National League South in 2016/17 after a fantastic title push which saw them just two points shy of champions Maidenhead - the Magpies recorded a magnificent 98 points.
They were victorious in the play-off final though and Ebbsfleet were back in the top flight of non league football. A fantastic return it was as they reached the play-offs clinching sixth place in the league but it wasn’t to be. McMahon’s men were defeated by eventual play-off winners Tranmere.
However last season, which proved his final one in charge at the Reds, he was unable to replicate that stellar campaign. After a poor run of results Daryl was relieved from his duties in November of last year.
Though in August of this year he returned to management and was appointed manager at League Two side Macclesfield. They sit 22nd currently with, as previously mentioned, massive financial uncertainties and have already had points deducted this campaign.
He is young, had promotion success and a strong first season in the National League where he reached the play-offs. Daryl McMahon is therefore a perfect candidate and perhaps more likely to be prised away from his current club than some other potential managers.
Thanks for reading,