Alexander confident of keeping stars
Macclesfield Town manager Keith Alexander is confident the club can keep its star performers.
By By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 21/01/09 11:02am
Macclesfield Town manager Keith Alexander is confident the club can keep its star performers until at least the end of the season, despite speculation linking some of his squad with a move away from Moss Rose.
Both Matthew Flynn and Gareth Evans have been linked with higher placed clubs in the football pyramid, but the former Lincoln City boss told skysports.com that he always urges his young players to earn their corn at a lower level before moving to a bigger club.
"I'm sure that both Matt and Gareth will move on to play at a higher level at some stage, but I'm sure they will remain here until at least the end of the season," Alexander told skysports.com.
"I would always suggest to young players that it is better to be playing first-team football at a lower league club, than playing in the reserves of a bigger club. There is nothing like first-team football at any level."
Last week Alexander revealed that he was looking to bring in a player on loan from Leeds United, but the move collapsed due to an injury. The Silkmen were quick to find a replacement and brought in Nottingham Forest striker Emile Sinclair, who Alexander hopes will make a difference this season.
"Well Tom Elliott pulled his hamstring last week, so the deal collapsed due to his injury. I brought Emile Sinclair in instead. I hope he will make a difference, but he hasn't played a lot of first-team football at Forest, so he has come here to show what he is made of and show them he should be playing for them.
"He'll bring a bit of extra pace, which is always important at this level. Coming from Forest his touch will be good and he'll have quick feet too."
Alexander also missed out on another player, as Christian Smith opted to remain in the Blue Square Premier by joining York City, but Alexander understands that money talks in football..
"Players have to make the choice and it came down to financials at the end of the day. He got a good deal at York and he will go straight into the first-team, whereas he would have had to wait for his chance here. So, there are no problems with him as I've been in this game a long time and some you win, some you lose."