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Macclesfield Town – Mark Kennedy
Mark Kennedy was born on the 15th May 1976. An Irishman with 34 international caps to his name, Kennedy is certainly no stranger to the world of football. To management however, the former left-back/midfielder is a newcomer with Macclesfield turning out to be the venue of his first job in the coaching side of the game.
He began his playing days as a youth product of his local club Belvedere's academy. When he turned professional, Millwall was his home. He spent the first three years of his career in East London, scoring an impressive nine goals in 43 games. He was just 16 when he made the first of these appearance in a 1-0 triumph over Charlton.
His precocious talent was spotted by Liverpool in 1995 and he was signed for a £1.5 million sum; it was a record for a teenager in the British game at the time. He struggled to make his mark on the team, however, appearing just 16 times in total, failing to score in any.
Perhaps the pressure of the price tag was too much for Kennedy, but he never quite became the player that he was expected to be. After a difficult time in Liverpool, he went on loan to QPR and then moved permanently to Wimbledon in 1998. His one and only season was relatively unproductive and he moved again in 1999.
Manchester, his next destination, proved to be a happier hunting ground for Kennedy. He became a first team regular for the first time in his career, playing 66 times and scoring eight goals for the side, winning promotion to the Premier League in the process.
In 2001, Kennedy joined Wolves, the club where, it transpired, the midfielder would spend the best years of his career. He played 167 times in the league, again winning promotion to the Premier League but sadly being relegated at the first attempt of survival in the following season.
Next, Kennedy swapped Molineux for Selhurst Park by moving back to London once more, this time with Crystal Palace. 46 appearances followed before he moved to Cardiff and then Ipswich where he would eventually hang up his boots.
When he moved in to coaching, Kennedy oversaw Manchester City and his old club Wolves' youth teams. He was successful with both but the step up to first team management is a much more challenging venture. With Macclesfield in 22nd in League Two, he will need to prove himself quickly.