Manager McIntosh to stay at Buxton after signing new deal

STOPPING WITH THE BUCKS -- manager Martin McIntosh.
STOPPING WITH THE BUCKS -- manager Martin McIntosh.

Manager Martin McIntosh is set to take the hot seat at Buxton for a sixth successive season after signing an extension to his contract.

The Bucks announced on Sunday that McIntosh has put pen to paper in a new deal to continue at the helm for the 2016-17 campaign, alongside his number two Tim Ryan.

“We are pleased to extend our stay with Buxton,” said the 45-year-old Scot. “We hope to continue the good work in developing players and generally doing well for the club in the league and cups.”

Bucks chairman David Hopkins said: “The board of directors is delighted to maintain stability at the club in a challenging league. We have a very capable management team in Martin and Tim, and we are looking forward to next season with renewed optimism.”

After being released as a youngster by Tottenham Hotspur, McIntosh enjoyed a long professional playing career as a no-nonsense defender, making more than 500 appearances at several clubs in Scotland and England, most notably Hamilton Academicals, Stockport County, Hibernian, who signed him for £250,000, Rotherham United, Huddersfield Town and Mansfield Town.

Drifting into non-league football, he became manager of Worksop Town before switching to Buxton in February 2012, succeeding Scott Maxfield.

When he joined, the Bucks were bottom of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, Premier Division table, five points from safety. But from looking doomed to relegation, McIntosh revived the team’s fortunes to such an extent that they finished as high as 13th. Since then, they have not ended up lower in the table and he signed his new deal after Saturday’s 1-0 win at Rushall Olympic, which lifted them to 11th and on course for the best finish under his stewardship.

McIntosh has also impressed with the way he has handled difficult financial times. No Bucks manager since the late Bob Murphy 25 years ago has earned as much in transfer fees for the club by finding and developing players such as Marc Roberts, who played for Barnsley at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final last week, Craig King, Ash Palmer and Liam Hardy.