Woodhouse appointed as number two at Ashington

Anthony Woodhouse.
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FORMER North Shields boss Anthony Woodhouse has been appointed assistant manager at Ashington CFC.

He joined the Woodhorn Lane club late Tuesday afternoon – but his first appearance in the technical area was put on hold with the Colliers scheduled Ebac Northern League first division clash away to Hebburn Town later in the evening postponed due to a waterlogged surface.

Instead Woodhouse, who managed the Robins for three years and is a former Ashington striker from during Tony Harrison’s rein as team boss, will partner Gary Middleton on Saturday when the Colliers travel to face Guisborough.

Former assistant Neil Winskill stepped down from the role ten days ago due to an increased working schedule after he accepted a role as head coach with the Newcastle Academy under-15’s outside of his full-time occupation with the Newcastle United Foundation.

Ashington boss Middleton said: “I’m delighted to get Anthony on board.

“He is not a coach but he brings something different as he has a deep knowledge of the non league scene and has scouting abilities.

“Anthony brings something that is required. Recruitment of players is a massive challenge and he can do this through scouting – it’s something extra which you need in your club.

“It’s a different approach in the assistant manager role but one which will hopefully help us to move forward.”

As well as Ashington, Woodhouse served West Allotment Celtic, Dunston Federation, Jarrow Roofing, Blyth Spartans, Newcastle Benfield, Durham City, Newcastle Blue Star, Whitley Bay and North Shields.

The 33-year-old said: “I’m over the moon. I spoke to Gary last night about the plans at the club and he gave me a call this morning to offer me the job.

“I have been doing a bit of scouting in this part of the region for Celtic Nation, and when I first informed the Celtic Nation manager Steve Skinner of the opportunity, he said it was a no brainer.”

Woodhouse, a leisure club manager, added: “A job with a club like Ashington doesn’t come around too often and I had to grab it with both hands.

“It’s a new ground at Woodhorn Lane with a club with a big history and following – and it presents a new challenge for me to help the club progress in the right way.”

Woodhouse was in the Ashington side who were superb in an FA Cup tie against Spennymoor in the 2002-03 season, earning a draw before subsequently losing the replay at Portland Park.

“I must have performed OK in the cup ties as afterwards I signed for Spennymoor,” he said Woodhouse.

“It’ll be good to see faces from the past again at Ashington when I walk through the doors at Woodhorn Lane.”