Ashington Colliers manager David Brown has moved quickly to appoint Shaun Galbraith as co manager following the resignation of assistant Stephen Hutchinson.
Twenty-five year old Galbraith, who had his own footballing career curtailed at the early age of 19 after dislocating his knee, already has a wealth of managerial experience after being in charge of Kicks Leisure Northern Alliance outfit Percy Main Amateurs as well as Sunday morning outfits.
Brown said: “I would like to thank Stephen Hutchinson for all his help this season on the coaching side and wish him all the best for the future.
“I am delighted to announce that Shaun Galbraith has agreed to join us as co manager with Ian Davison staying on as coach.”
Galbraith said: “Ashington Colliers are a team in transition and although I am young to be in management, I can put modern day points of view across whilst I’ve also got a link with junior players.
“I was in charge of an under 21’s side at Blyth Town where we lost only one game the whole season, which led to me taking the managerial post at Percy Main.
“And I’ll be looking to bring younger players in for the future with a view to us fighting it out for the league title.”
Blyth-based Galbraith, an energy consultant, added: “It was an instant decision to accept the role and I’m really excited about it.
“The side have had a poor run of late but there was a great buzz at training last week.” Galbraith, who has managed Sunday morning side Blyth South Beach Residents’ Association, is now at the helm with Blyth Comrades, who operate in the Standard Security Blyth and Wansbeck Sunday League premier division.
“I just love the managerial side of things,” he added.
Brown said: “I think Shaun will be a good acquisition to the Colliers and the club in general and I’m delighted to welcome him on board.”