Cricketer Steve Harmison excited by prospect of managing Ashington FC

Former England Cricketer Steve Harmison is now manager of Ashington FC.
Former England Cricketer Steve Harmison is now manager of Ashington FC.

Former England cricketer and Ashes winning hero Steve Harmison said he is excited by the prospect of managing his hometown football club.

Ashington FC unveiled the 36-year-old at the head of a new management team on Sunday night.

He takes the position alongside Ian Skinner, who has left his position in charge of Bedlington Terriers to join the Colliers, and former player Lee Anderson.

Harmison said: “In the last five or six years I have seen Ashington FC grow into something from being a sleeping giant and the club has a lot going for it.

“I love this type of football. I have watched Northern League every week and when Gary Middleton resigned, I applied because I knew I had something to give.”

The two times Ashes winner during a distinguished cricketing career as a pace bowler with England and Durham, said his main priority will be to steer the club away from the threat of relegation.

He said: “We are nearing the end of the season and Ashington are in a fight near the bottom of the first division; the squad is thin and threadbare and we are struggling for numbers, but we are going to try and generate a bit of enthusiasm and enjoyment and make sure every time the players go out they understand what it means to play for the team.

“I have looked through the remaining fixtures and our destiny is in our own hands.

“I’m putting my sporting reputation on the line,.

“The club have got some good players who will go out on the park with a reason to play and perform.

“But this job is something which really excites me, taking charge of a group of lads from within this area.

“It’s a new challenge but from an early age football has always been in my blood and been part of my life, and especially this standard.

“Some people may be surprised, probably from the wider regions, but others from the Northern League will not be because they will have seen me standing watching the Wansbeck area teams over the past 25 years.”