Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division club Ashton United have to announce that joint-manager Will Haining will be relinquishing his role at Hurst Cross after the final league game at home to already-relegated Ilkeston FC on Saturday.
Following the sudden departure of Ashton`s previous management team, Jody Banim and Haining stepped into the breach, with their first foray into the world of football management.
During their short time at the helm they have done an outstanding job to ‘steady the ship’ and gather together a squad capable of achieving success for the Robins.
This has been achieved through hard graft and many hours on both the training pitch and the telephones speaking to potential new recruits.
Haining has decided that, after a long successful career in the professional game, the time has come to take a complete break from football, and to spend more time with his young family.
Chairman Terry Hollis said: “Will has been absolutely outstanding during his short time as joint-manager, and indeed whilst playing for the club, an absolute pleasure to work with.
“We are extremely sorry to see him leave us but he goes with the very best wishes of everyone connected to Ashton United. His hard work has given us the platform to kick on for the new season.”
Hollis and his Board moved swiftly to dispel any rumours of broad changes at the club when he said: “We are more than satisfied that Jody has the ability to carry on the role, and he has agreed to continue as manager himself for the foreseeable future. He will be assisted by Simon Woodford in a player/assistant-manager capacity.”
The club are inviting fans to come along to the final game of the season to give Haining a fitting Robins’ send-off, and to thank him for the massive contribution he has made this season.