Chris Moore admitted at the weekend that leaving Ashington had been a wrench.
But he said he is excited and looking forward to cutting his managerial teeth after being named as the new boss of Durham City.
Moore’s appointment was announced in midweek and the Newcastle-born midfielder, a two times winner at Wembley in the FA Vase and FA Trophy competitions, said: “I was enjoying my time at Ashington but this was too good an opportunity for me to turn down.
“I’m a football coach at the University in Durham and thought Durham City were the perfect team to coach as I may not get another chance.
“I met some great people at Ashington in the short time I was there and it was a wrench to leave, especially with the unveiling of the stand, but I’m excited and looking forward to what is a new challenge.”
The 31-year-old, who is based in Stanley, was a member of the Whitley Bay side which beat Glossop North End 2-0 in the FA Vase final at Wembley in 2009.
Two years later Moore returned to play under the arch in the FA Trophy for Darlington and again came out on the winning side as the Quakers beat Mansfield 1-0.