05 Apr 2019 in General News


On the Eve of the final game of 2018/19 Ashington AFC are pleased to confirm management appointments for the 2019/20 season of both senior and reserve teams.

Ian Skinner has agreed to become manager of the first team on a permanent basis. Ian was appointed interim manager in January and following discussions with the club, has committed to the role on a permanent basis.

“The club approached me and asked if I would continue in the role of first team manager and it was an easy decision to accept. This is my hometown club, a club which I said I would always help out if they thought it would benefit the club. The decision was made easier due to the support the club has received towards the end of the season from both fans of the club and the local community. I hope it will bring stability to the first team in what has been a difficult season; however we will now need to concentrate on moving forward as a club both on and off the pitch. So the hard work starts now to ensure we assemble a squad and create an environment that will see the team improve on the pitch, whilst continuing to develop players across the whole club.”

We can also confirm that the club has applied to play a reserve side in a local league from next season. With many expressions of interest of good quality applicants the club have appointed Doug Thoburn as manager. Doug is no stranger to local football having coached at both Junior and Senior level for many years.

Thoburn commented “It is great to be appointed manager of Ashington Reserves. I am looking forward to getting back into Senior football after spells in the Northern Alliance at Blyth Town and more recently Blyth AFC in the Northern League. It is a great challenge ahead for the club as we look to provide a pathway for players to progress through the junior setup to the reserves to ultimately play for the first team.”

Chairman Brian Shotton commented on the appointments “I’m delighted Ian has agreed to continue as first team manager moving forward. It has been an extremely challenging season but we have seen in recent weeks the progress that has been made with a young squad. Ian has committed to the club on and off the pitch and I can’t speak highly enough of his enthusiasm and desire for this club to succeed in all areas.”

“I am pleased to welcome Doug to the club. Having met him on a couple of occasions he shares our vision of a one club culture and pathway for players to progress through our ranks and integrate them into senior football. He comes to the club with a good pedigree for developing young talent and I am excited to see what we can achieve in the years to come. The reserves will be a huge asset to the club in many ways as we look forward to providing football for the people of Ashington to watch at Woodhorn Lane week in week out”


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