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Ashton United excite fans by appointing promotion winning manager

Ashton United managed to excite their fans by appointing a promotion winning manager in Steve Cunningham on Wednesday night.

Cunningham has plenty of experience at this level of football and claimed the 2021/22 Northern Premier League title with Buxton, who have taken to life in the National League North.

He also guided the Bucks to the second round last season’s FA Cup, but it was due to personal reasons that he departed the club after the season’s title-winning season.

Cunningham will replace Michael Clegg who stepped down earlier in the week after three years of leading the Robins.

Ashton currently sit 12th, with 29 points from 24 games, including the deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player back in October.

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Following the resignation of Michael Clegg on Monday, Ashton United are delighted to announce Steve Cunningham as our new First Team manager.

The former Colne, Curzon Ashton and Buxton manager comes to Hurst Cross with a wealth of experience, including winning the 2021-22 Pitching In Northern Premier League with Buxton and guiding The Bucks to the second round of last season’s Emirates FA Cup. 

Cunningham left Buxton after promotion due to personal reasons at the end of the 21-22 season. 

After appointing Cunningham, Ashton United Co-Chairman Jonathan Sayer said: “We’re delighted to appoint someone of Steve‘s calibre.

“Steve is a fantastic manager with a proven track record for winning in this league and above. 

“We’re looking forward to the rest of the season where we still believe there’s lots to play for.”

With Cunningham’s first game just around the corner, Saturday’s trip to Warrington Rylands, the back-room staff is being assembled, but you can be there to support your new manager by getting your tickets here

In May 2022, Steve Cunningham slammed social media rumours about his Buxton exit and revealed the real reason why he quit.

In an exclusive interview with the Buxton Advertiser, Cunningham dismissed claims of a major fall-out with chairman David Hopkins.

“There was no fall out whatsoever, it is just a circumstantial thing with the travelling I have to do,” said Cunningham.

“It is hard when you are doing a two hour trip and maybe three hours back on a night. I was doing five days and two nights. Two weeks ago I clocked that I had had just six hours with my kids.

“The sort of stuff that has been thrown about is ridiculous. I have worked for the club all week after I left doing commercial work.

This is what social media users had to say as Ashton United excite fans by appointing the promotion winning manager…

@DaveJoe27: Go on Cunny! Top gaffer 💙

@mazgaminguk: Fantastic appointment! So excited for the rest of the season. Got to be pushing for the play offs next year now if we can get the right players in. We’ll done to the board for acting so quickly too

@PaulJackson123: The man FCUM should have gone for. Would have done a far better job than current. Ashton’s gain

@gafurness89: Awesome appointment for Ashton. Top man and top manager!

@CarlTaylo17: Good luck, Steve. 👍🏻⚽️

@liamuk77: Brilliant appointment! Can’t wait to see Steve make a success of it and take Ashton up the table! Looking forward to Saturday 🙌

@andrea11947055: Good luck cunny 👍🏻 and very best wishes for 2023 ⚽️💪🏼 x

@BFENTON1985: Yes 🙌 fantastic appointment. Looking forward to seeing @AshtonUnitedFC climb the table. Roll on Saturday!

@D_C85: Play offs min great appointment!

@Dazzla84_SSFC: Very good appointment this is

@stephen_craven: Great appointment – well done Cunny

@rogered98295566: Very good appointment!

@steviepiper_: I take it you guys didn’t hear about his stint at Buxton 🫢 From a football point of view though, looks a decent appointment

@nigelrothwell71: All the best cunny great to see you back, top man 💪🏻

@grobbs66: Brilliant. Won’t end in anything other than success.

@davbrno: Love this Steve, football man and family, All the best 👍🏻⚽️❤️.

@theveale04: Great appointment for Ashton this, enjoyed watching Cunnys brand of football over the years and the success he has brought. Congrats to both

@Brokebackdog: As a hyde fan, Decent manager plays good football, I’ve said for a long time he is one off the best managers at this level.

@adam_brig: Cunny is a great manager, quality appointment


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