Former Bury, Chesterfield and Notts County front man Glynn Hurst is the new manager of North West Counties Football League Ashton Town.
Hurst – who left Northern Premier League Marine last week after standing down as reserve team manager – was named as the NWCFL Division One North club’s new boss on Monday.
The 44-year-old’s assistant at the Mariners, Neil Hanson, was also named as head of football as the Manchester-based club starts to prepare for the return of football next season.
Former manager Lee Bignell, who’d guided Town to sixth spot when the season was abandoned in March, has agreed to stay on as Hurst’s number two.
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Ashton Town chairman Mark Hayes told the club’s fans: “I am thoroughly delighted to bring in Glynn, but it was equally important for Lee to be part of our plans, too. Lee has been key to our progression over the last three years.
“Glynn is someone I have watched and followed as a player to now, as an extremely highly-rated and respected young manager. I would also like to thank Marine for their co-operation with the appointment.”
Hurst, pictured, is looking forward to linking up with his former Bury boss, Chris Brass, now head of football at Wigan Athletic, to secure young loan signings for next term.
He told fans: “We are delighted to be given this opportunity at Ashton Town Football Club, and we are fortunate to inherit a squad that has set the benchmark for the future. Our aim is to create a team that plays excellent football on a consistent basis.
“The added addition of the community work that the club undertakes helped attract us to the club as a whole, as we should always remember we are here to win football games but people are more important. We like to play an attractive, attacking style of football and so we hope the fans get behind the team and enjoy the journey.”
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