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Haining to flee the nest but Woodford steps in
Tuesday 18th April 2017 @ 15:57 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Ashton United joint-manager Will Haining will be relinquishing his role at the club after the final league game at home to Ilkeston on Saturday, April 22.

The announcement was made on the club’s official website on Tuesday afternoon.

Haining will be succeeded by defender Simon Woodford, who accepts the role in a player/assistant capacity.

Following the announcement, a statement on Ashton’s official website said: “It is with great sadness that Ashton United have to announce that Joint Manager Will Haining will be relinquishing his role as Joint Manager at Hurst Cross after the final league game at home to Ilkeston on Saturday 22nd April 2017.

“Following the sudden departure of our previous management team, Jody Banim and Will Haining stepped into the breach, with their first foray into the world of football management.

“During their short time at the helm they have done an outstanding job to ‘steady the ship’ and gather together a squad capable of achieving success for the Robins.

“This has been achieved through hard graft and many hours on both the training pitch and the telephones speaking to potential new recruits.

“Will Haining has decided that, after a long successful career in the professional game, the time has come to take a complete break from football, and to spend more time with his young family.”

Haining and Banim took the managerial roles on a permanent basis following the departure of Paul Phillips and Steve Halford to Stalybridge Celtic in September.

The duo have taken charge of 39 league fixtures, in which they have won 15, drawn eight and lost 16.

Haining and Banim also guided the Robins to the latter stages of the Doodson League Cup, eventually falling to a 2-1 loss in the quarter-final at Bamber Bridge in March.

More recently, the duo claimed a creditable 1-1 draw against champions Blyth Spartans on Saturday, and followed it up with a 1-1 draw with at Warrington Town on Monday.

Woodford adopts the role of assistant manager after a brief playing spell with the club, having joined the Robins in February from Glossop North End.

An experienced centre back, Woodford became a fans’ favourite at the Tameside Stadium after scoring the winning goal in the Evo-Stik Premier Division play-off final against Ilkeston in 2015 – a goal that promoted Curzon Ashton to the National League North.

Following the announcement, Woodford tweeted: