Harmison on Wade appoinement

15 May 2017 in News

Harmison on Wade appoinement Harmison on Wade appoinement

By Brian Bennett

Ashington FC are hoping the switch to a joint managership of the side will spearhead a change in fortunes. The two top sides in the Ebac Northern League – South Shields [Lee Picton & Graham Fenton] and Morpeth Town [Nicky Gray and Dave Malone] have a managerial duo set up and the Woodhorn Lane club announced on Saturday that former Blyth Spartans boss Tom Wade will stand side by side in the dugout with Steve Harmison. Harmison said on Saturday night: “The chairman [Ian Lavery] and myself had a conversation evaluating last season. Results were not great and a lot of things went against us and it was suggested about bringing someone else into the club - but the person who came in had to be right. I’ve known Tom [Wade] for a number of years now and in my two and a half years as manager at Ashington, when he was in charge at Blyth Spartans, I rang him on a number of occasions. I put his name forward to Ian [Lavery] who had numerous meetings with Tom. What he achieved with the Croft Park outfit was great and I want Ashington FC to succeed – they are my hometown club. It’ll be a case of Tom’s experience coupled with my inexperience but it made sense that we move forward and we’ll see how it goes.” He continued: “I don’t see any issues or problems - I just see it being very good and positive and for the club to get Tom on board is a massive coup and I’m really pleased.” He went on: “We need to grow the club - because we have got people running the club who have got bigger things on their plate at the moment including myself. The chairman [Ian Lavery] is running a campaign for the Labour party for the forthcoming election but if it wasn’t for him, Ashington would struggle to run a football club so we have to realise and understand where we are. I missed five to six games last year and people don’t get the true perception of where Ashington FC is. They just think because they have a high profile chairman as well as myself that everything is rosy. Next season with a few additions to make us a better side, we’ll go in the right direction. Tom will bring his experience and knowledge and I am going to stand side by side with a guy who I respect because he has given me so much advice and help over the years. He has managed in the Northern League and enjoyed success with Blyth Spartans. I think it’s a great step for Ashington FC but we have got to be patient - it’s as simple as that.”

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