Skinner resigns as Head Coach

16 Jul 2017 in News

Skinner resigns as Head Coach Skinner resigns as Head Coach

By Brian Bennett

Ian Skinner has parted company with Ashington FC. When Steve Harmison was appointed as manager of the Woodhorn Lane based outfit two and a half years ago, his first move was to bring Skinner on board as head coach. But on Saturday, whilst Skinner expressed ‘huge disappointment’ over what was a ‘difficult decision’ he also revealed that he had not got his appetite back after a disappointing season last year when the Colliers finished 16th in the Ebac Northern League table. After informing the club of his decision, Skinner then took to social media where he made the following post: “It is with huge disappointment that my time at Ashington FC has come to an end following my resignation. Working back at my home town club has been a great honour and I have thoroughly enjoyed my two and a half years since I returned. I can honestly say that I have gave my all for Ashington Football Club. Having returned to pre season training it has become apparent that the disappointment of last season has continued to effect me and my enjoyment in the role and therefore I have made the difficult decision to resign. I would like to thank all of the players, who have been a privilege to work with and their families for their support, I consider you all friends. In addition my thanks go to the staff I worked alongside, it was great to work with people who I have real admiration for, as well as strong friendships. Finally the fans and the supporters club, I will miss you all. You have been nothing short of fantastic with me even during what was a poor season last season. I admire you all for your loyal support and urge that it continues. I would like to wish everyone at Ashington FC all the best for the new season and will see you all at a match soon.” Harmison said: “When we had a chat in the close season about Tom Wade coming in as joint manager, I think Ian thought then about whether there was going to be less for him to do in his role and then in the last few weeks - and in his own words - he hasn’t enjoyed it as much. I’m actually gutted and devastated. He loves Ashington FC and I think the world of him. Last year wasn’t very good all round and I think it has taken its toll on Ian who has decided to pursuit other activities. I know he has other things coming up that potentially he can go into which are exciting for him. It’s a shame because Ian and myself are very good friends and I feel very sad. Ashington FC have not only lost a good person but also a very good coach.”

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