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What is Robert Smethurst’s net worth? New Macclesfield FC owner's links to Robbie Savage

Kaya Kaynak October 14, 2020
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What is Robert Smethurst’s net worth? After news emerged the associate of BBC pundit Robbie Savage is reviving liquidated football club Macclesfield Town, fans want to know more about the Cheshire-based businessman.

Macclesfield Town were wound-up last month and expelled from the National League after being demoted from League Two last season. Smethurst will launch a ‘phoenix club’, Macclesfield FC.

The demise of Macclesfield Town

Not long ago Macclesfield Town were playing in the same division as Manchester City.

But last season a tumultuous year, which saw the club forfeit matches after players went on strike over unpaid wages, ended in relegation from the Football League after the club was deducted points. The move saved Stevenage Town, who had finished in the relegation places.

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Things then got even worse for the Silkmen as they were issued with a winding-up order by the High Court.

The court was told the club owed more than £500,000 in debts. This included almost £190,000 in tax and more than £170,000 to two other creditors.

Macclesfield FC

Macclesfield now look set to rise from the ashes thanks to investment from Smethurst.

They will be renamed Macclesfield FC but keep Macclesfield Town’s brand and logo. The Silkmen plan to relaunch in the tenth tier of English football.

“Over the coming years, our main aim is to move up through the leagues,” Smethurst said in a statement reported by BBC Sport.

“I am passionate about building a secure business model and strong commercial foundation so the past issues the club has experienced will not happen again.

“The key focus is and will always continue to be football, the fans and the community.”

Smethurst has close links with former footballer-turned pundit Robbie Savage and has appointed him head of football operations at the new club.

Speaking about his new role, the former Welsh international told BBC Sport: “I was devastated to see what happened here at Macclesfield, a club steeped in history and worth more than any value in money to locals.

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“I am privileged to be asked to take up a role and I was genuinely surprised to get the call.

“I live within a stones’ throw of the ground and have integral links with the club as a local grassroots coach and father who brings his kids here to spectate.”

What is Robert Smethurst’s net worth?

While it is impossible to know Smethurst’s exact net worth, we can assume he is a relatively wealthy man.

He already owns tenth-tier club Stockport Town, who were launched after the demise of Stockport County.

According to records at Companies House, the Macclesfield native is also actively involved in five other limited companies – Pro Football Academy International, The International Academy Of Football, Pro Football Academy Sports Management, Pro Football Academy Franchises and Pro Football Academy All Stars.

He has big ambitions to invest in Macclesfield FC and the community.

His intends to build a 4G pitch at the club’s Moss Rose stadium, which has stood since 1891. He also plans to install a gym and classrooms for the community.

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Kaya is a sports journalist who is desperately missing football. He has worked with talkSPORT, 90min.com, GiveMeSport and CBC. He has a first class master's degree in international journalism from City University of London. He is also a fluent Turkish speaker and is proficient in French. Follow him on twitter @kayakaynak97 for all his latest articles.