Paul Phillips and Steve Halford are the new joint managers of Stalybridge Celtic.
The Vanarama National League North club received high quality offers from as far apart as the U.S.A. and Italy with also many high quality local “names” too.
Chairman Rob Gorski confirmed the new with the following statement:
“Steve and Phillo stood out and their hunger, passion and professionalism meant that the whole board was unanimous in wanting them to join. We also welcome Dave Noble and Phil Sherwood who will be our new coaches and scouts.
The four of them have been a very successful unit at Ashton United and we are delighted that they have signed.
Dave and Phil will begin immediately, but we have respected Ashton’s request for Paul to play for them in the F.A. Cup tomorrow and so he and Steve join us on Monday.
Phillo and Steve have a fantastic team ethos that will permeate through the club. They are meticulous in their preparation and never except anything other than 100% total effort and commitment – from the whole club! I am confident that they will lead us to better times.
In response, Paul said “Myself and Steve are delighted to be appointed managers of this highly prestigious football club. We hope that with the help of the board, the staff and the fans, we can put this club back where it belongs as one of the elite non-league clubs.
We will both leave no stone unturned to achieve this goal. There is no quick fix, but we will be working 24/7 to firstly stabilise and then push on as one, to try and achieve all the targets expected off everyone associated with our football club”.
The move drew some criticism from Ashton United chairman Terry Hollis, who praised the work done by the duo but expressed his “disappointment at the way Stalybridge Celtic has conducted the move”
He said ‘On behalf of the Directors and fans of Ashton United I would like to sincerely thank Steve and Paul for their time at Hurst Cross and wish them both the very best of luck at their new club.
They have done a fantastic job for us over the past 3 seasons, the best we have had for many a year, and a period that has helped put Ashton United firmly on the non league map. It has been a real pleasure to work with both lads and they will always be welcomed with open arms at Ashton United.
I would like to place on record my disappointment at the way Stalybridge Celtic has conducted the move for our management team, particularly given the fact that I was once associated with the club and know people there very well.
No contact was received by Ashton United from any Stalybridge Celtic official and it is understood that Stalybridge Celtic wanted Paul and Steve to take over at Bower Fold with immediate effect, leaving Ashton United manager less on the eve of our important FA cup tie, something that Paul and Steve, to their credit, declined to do.
Steps are under way to appoint a caretaker manager and applications for the new manager’s role will be accepted in due course”
Source: www.stalybridgeceltic.co.uk / Ashton United FC