Macclesfield defender David Fitzpatrick believes the Silkmen can be ‘a surprise package’ in Sky Bet League Two this season.
Macclesfield were many bookies favourites to be relegated during pre-season.
With 12 points from 10 games, Macc sit in 15th – a start that has been a surprise for many, but not the players.
Despite the recent departure of Sol Campbell at the helm, the club is optimistic at what the season could hold.
Fitzpatrick, 29, said: “It was very demanding as he had such high standards. He brought a new level of professionalism to the club and with us fighting for our lives last season.
“Sol brought with him a lot of experience, along with some much needed new and different ideas”
The new man in the hot seat is former Ebbsfleet boss Daryl McMahon. McMahon led The Fleet to National League South promotion via the playoffs in 2017, and has since been on the radar for many EFL clubs.
Fitzpatrick insists that the circumstances behind the scenes never distracted the players, as the situation was out of their control.
“Since Daryl has come in, the atmosphere around the club has changed once again,” he added.
“His training methods are different to Sol, but it’s definitely something I’m enjoying.
“The gaffer is young and hungry, so the players can feed off his energy. He is very approachable and I’m sure he can be very successful at Macclesfield.”
Fitzpatrick believes that McMahon’s lack of EFL experience won’t matter.
“Having played in non-league myself, I know that the standard isn’t too different and the pressures are just as high. He will definitely be using his past experiences to help him.”
The new era for Macclesfield under McMahon has begun and ambitions are high.
“Clubs like Macclesfield are always written off before a ball has even been kicked.
“Football is unpredictable at times, and our players know 100% what we are capable of, so hopefully we can continue to prove any doubters wrong.”
There is a positive feeling at Moss Rose. Despite a 1-0 defeat at Grimsby on Saturday, the Silkmen have had a significantly better start than last season, in which they went 13 games without a win.
Macc’s early season ambition was to improve on last year but according to Fitzpatrick they feel they can now start to look upwards.
“After 10 games so far this season, we know we can definitely compete with any team in this league. With some luck along the way, we can be a surprise package that’s for sure.”
Macclesfield next face Port Vale on Tuesday night in the Leasing.com Trophy.