Mike Clegg says he is excited about being able to shape his Ashton United team for next season.

Last week’s decision to null and void the 2019/20 season at Steps 3-6 means the Robins, 17th from 22 teams, would be free from any relegation prospect in the Northern Premier Division. That decision from The FA has reportedly yet to be ratified and a reconsideration has been urged from numerous clubs.

Clegg, who left divisional rivals Atherton Collieries earlier in the season after a highly successful tenure, said in an update from the club: “I am really looking forward to getting back with the squad for pre-season, whenever that may be.

“I am excited about shaping my own team and seeing where next season’s journey takes us. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the club so far, strange circumstances at the start, even stranger in the way the season ended, but in between, I think we showed the fans and committee what we are about as a staff group, and I thought we did end up getting the best out of the lads.

“Inevitably in football, people come and people go, and we will be no different this summer. I hope we give you a team to be proud of.

“In the meantime, I hope you all stay safe and I will see you all soon.”

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