The lure of a scouting job for England C football is the reason why Tom Wade has said farewell to Woodhorn Lane.
The ex-Blyth Spartans boss arrived at Ashington in the summer to be joint manager with Steve Harmison and it is purely a coincidence that Wade has departed the club at the same time as Harmison and his staff have left their respective roles.
Wade said in a prepared statement: “I thought that I would take this opportunity to thank everyone at Ashington AFC for the support I have been given in my time at the club. I took the role as joint manager to work with Steve [Harmison] who is a personal friend of mine and it has worked well.
“However, I have been given an opportunity to work as the Northern scout for England C which is a huge honour for myself to be asked to work for my country.
“I discussed this with Steve who was brilliant about it. I stepped down as joint manager and have helped Steve out as a coach. We did not go public about it as we always worked as a team and to both of us titles mean nothing as long as the team are doing well.
“I left the club so I can concentrate on the England job. It is a huge responsibility to be in control of recommending our young talented players to the England C squad.
“I have recommended eight players for the training camp in October. Five are in the 22 man squad and three are in the standby squad which is a great achievement for the North East and long may it continue.”
He continued: “Ashington are a great club run and supported by great people. The squad are full of committed, talented players who give everything for the club and have had a fantastic backroom staff in Lee Anderson, Lee Hall, Jay Robertson and Alan Brown who all have the club at heart whilst the media side are second to none in the Northern League.
“The support we get home and away is the best in the league .Special mention to Graham Chambers and the rest of the team for the work on the pitch. Thanks to the board Ian [Lavery] and the lads for inviting me to join the club. I have told the board if I can be of any help in the future they just need to get in touch. Good luck to everyone at the club I am proud to have been a small part of such a great club.”