Ashington chairman looks for Harmison to build on success

Ashington FC chairman Ian Lavery.
Ashington FC chairman Ian Lavery.

Ashington chairman Ian Lavery is confident the newly appointed management structure at the club will build on the solid foundations already in place.

Mr Lavery said on Sunday evening: “The three people who constitute the team have got an awful lot of experience in the sporting world and collectively I’m convinced they will be in a position to take the club that bit further and build on the success which we have.

“Ashington have come a long way in a short space of time and in saying that, my thanks goes to former manager Gary Middleton, who did a tremendous job.

“The new team will build on what Gary built for us and coupled with the new facility which we have got coming sometime next season, it can only bode well for the future.”

Lavery said their were several candidates for the post.

“We had some excellent applicants for the job – we had ten written plus three expressions of interest, every one which had tremendous merit in different ways – and it was very difficult,” he added.

“But at the end of the day we see this as by far the best option for the community club, the team on the pitch and the community as a whole, because that is extremely important.

“Ashington FC isn’t just the first team, it is the Colliers, the under-18s and of course it is the juniors as well, of which we have 20-plus sides.

“Steve, Ian and Lee are a three-man team which will take the club forward at all levels.”

And the chairman, who is also MP for Wansbeck, showered appreciation on David Brown, David Leightley and Steve Jones, who took temporary charge of team affairs after Gary Middleton’s resignation.

He said: “It would be remise of me not to thank the trio. David Brown is always there to assist and is an absolute diamond.

“He stepped into the manager’s shoes albeit for a very short space of time so David (Brown) and Steve (Harmison) will be having a conversation looking at ways and means of taking the club forward immediately.

“We haven’t got a lot of time to lose; we are not having the best of seasons so they need to get to work without any delays.”