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Main Man Askwith Steps Down

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Maltby Main have announced that joint-manager Mark Askwith has had to step down from his role at the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division side due to work commitments.

The Muglet Lane outfit say they had to “reluctantly accept” his departure that comes days after the Miners finished in their highest position in the NCEL for a quarter-of-a-century, ending the campaign in fifth place.

A statement on Maltby’s website says that Askwith was leaving “due to him taking up brand new full-time employment that will involve midweek and weekend shift work patterns that makes it very difficult to be at games, training and monthly meetings”.

It continues: “We wouldn’t expect anyone at our club to sacrifice work and family life for the game and club; and the way ‘Askey’ took on his role meant he wouldn’t be happy being a bit-part.

“We cannot thank his services enough. Two spells with us and he has overseen a seventh and fifth place finish in the league. Helped bring in players who’ve been successful and has been a big part of the club.

“His local football knowledge and expectations of his playing staff was an integral part of why we did so well with him in the dugout and it’ll be hard to replace. He knows what the club was all about and how we like to do things.

“He was often the one spotting what changes could be made during a game and offered substitute and formation choices that has earned us points.

“So, thanks for everything Askey and we wish you well in your new job.”

Main have announced that news of Askwith’s replacement, who will work as assistant-manager to Scott Mason alongside John Crossland, will be made this evening.


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