The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier
Published 24th April 2012
....Aston Villa European Cup winner Peter Withe has been appointed first-team manager at the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division Noerth club on a full-time basis.
Withe has signed a two-year contract with an option of a further two-year extension.
Withe's last two managerial posts were as international manager of Thailand and latterly Indonesia.
Withe, who currently resides in Perth, Australia, is due to return to the UK during May to take up his new post and said upon his appointment: “I felt that the time was right to return to the UK for a number of reasons. I still feel that I have a lot to offer in terms of my knowledge base and experience in the many roles I have enjoyed during my career in the management and coaching aspects of the game.
“I have still retained the same drive and determination that I had when I was starting out in the game and I feel there is a vast knowledge in me to pass on to players of all ages at the club.
“I feel with my gregarious nature and my infectious character the players will learn and be infused to become better players, productive individuals have great life values and gain a greater knowledge of our great game.
“The chance came to me via my good friend Ben Seddon, who I played with at Southport. I got to know his son Ian Seddon on my trip to the UK last year and he has worked tirelessly to find an opportunity for me.
“We were presented with a club that is in the non-League but showed Ian and me that they had a great vision and drive to move forward and wanted someone to take up the reins. They showed us an excellent business plan which included going full-time having a thriving international academy and wanting to move forward in the right direction which is my forte.
“Woodley Sports FC is that club and it gives me great pleasure to be teaming up with them and taking them forward and upward.
“As a player they said I was like a good wine - I seemed to get better the older I got and this I feel is true with my management/coaching.”
The club said upon Withe's appointment: “We are extremely pleased and excited by the appointment of Peter Withe as our first-team manager.
“The appointment of Peter is in itself testament to the club's short and longer-term ambitions.
“As a result of Peter's extensive experience as a successful player and international manager this really will be a massive shot in the arm for the club as he brings a wealth of industry knowledge with him.
“It was extremely important and crucial to the club that we appointed an experienced manager such as Peter who was able to bring stability and experience ensuring that the back office was as strong as the front.”