Ashington skipper praises departing assistant boss

ASHINGTON CFC skipper Liam Atkin paid tribute to Neil Winskill after the Colliers assistant manager stepped down from the post following Saturday’s 6-2 win over Durham City due to new commitments.

Atkin described Winskill as being the best coach he had worked with and that he had total respect not only from all of the playing staff but also officials and supporters.

Atkin said: “The lads in the dressing room are absolutely gutted.

“Neil is not only a top coach but a top bloke.

“Everyone thinks the world of him and all the lads have got a lot of respect for him in what he does and what he brings to the squad. Everyone around the club likes him being here.

“It’s unfortunate from our point of view but we know he is going onto something which he wants to do – and inevitably he is a football coach first and foremost.”

He continued: “This is my fifth year where I have worked with him and I hold him in the highest regard – because he is the best coach I have ever worked under out of professional football.

“He’s the whole package with his mannerisms and the way he conducts himself. He’s brilliant and he deserves everything he gets.

“All the lads wish him all of the best – we are all going to miss him but hopefully we’ll see him at some games during the course of the season.”