What is Robert Smethurst’s net worth? After news broke that Robbie Savage’s associate was bringing back a liquidated football club Macclesfield Town, followers wanted to know more about the Cheshire-based businessman.
Macclesfield Town were liquidated last month and demoted to the National League after being relegated from League Two in 2017. Macclesfield FC will be established as a “phoenix club.”
The demise of Macclesfield Town
Macclesfield Town used to compete in the same division as Manchester City. Last season was a tumultuous year for the club, with players going on strike over unpaid salaries and resulting in demotion from the Football League after points were deducted. The change preserved Stevenage Town, who had been relegated.
The Silkmen’s fortunes then took a turn for the worse when the High Court issued them with a winding-up order.
The club’s creditors claimed that it owed more than £500,000 in debts. Tax, to two other creditors, was nearly £190,000.
The Macclesfield Town club, which was known as the Silkmen until recently, are now on track to rise from the ashes owing to Smethurst’s investment. They will be known as Macclesfield FC and keep the Macclesfield Town name and logo. In England’s tenth tier, The Silkmen plan to relaunch.
“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 is also linked to former player turned pundit Robbie Savage, who has been named 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.
“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 we can’t precisely determine Smethurst’s net worth, we may estimate that he is a wealthy individual. He already owns Stockport Town, who were formed following the failure of Stockport County.
The Macclesfield native is also 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.
He wants to build a 4G pitch at the club’s Moss Rose stadium, which has served as a cricket ground since 1891. He also intends to provide a fitness center and educational facilities for the public.