ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton has criticised former player Glen Taylor and his new club Blyth Spartans after the striker joined the Croft Park club.
Taylor signed for Spartans on Monday morning, but the move left Middleton annoyed as it comes less than a week before the season.
The Colliers manager said: “It is the timing which has disappointed me most about the situation and I am annoyed with both parties, Blyth Spartans and Glen.
“Blyth have come in at a late stage when they have had all summer to make a decision and Glen had an opportunity to go earlier in the pre-season but said he wanted to play for Ashington.
“Now he has decided that his future lies at Blyth.
“Nothing surprises me in football anymore and we will move on as a football club with the personnel we have.”
Taylor, who re-joined Ashington at the end of last season after a spell at Whitley Bay said: “I’m happy to sign for Blyth.
“The opportunity was too good to turn down and every footballer wants to play at the highest level possible.
“Other than that I have no further comment to make.”
Spartans manager Steve Cuggy said of the new signing: “We see Glen as a good bit of competition for Graeme Armstrong and he also gives us cover.
“As for the timing, there are other things to consider, I have budgets and had the budget to go for Glen and so did.”