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Banbury appoint ex-Coventry, Brighton, Oxford, Leyton Orient player as manager

Non league side Banbury United appoint ex-Coventry, Brighton, Oxford United, Leyton Orient player Andy Whing as their new manager.

He will be joined by former Oxford United teammate and second all-time top-scorer James Constable as Assistant Manager/Player.

Banbury United’s club statement on their website read: Andy enjoyed an excellent playing career, making 346 Football League appearances, playing for Coventry City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Chesterfield, Leyton Orient and Oxford United where he won the Supporters’ Player of the Season award in 2012 and was a popular figure with fans until retirement in 2015. He has coached at Oxford United, Kidderminster Harriers and most recently at Hereford. He is a highly qualified coach with his UEFA “A” badge.

Chairman Phil Lines said: “We were flattered by the number of applications we received and also the high level of proven quality managers amongst them. It was a difficult process drawing up a short list then finally making the big decision.

“Andy is a young hungry manager with drive and enthusiasm who wants to make a success of football management. We hope his time with us proves successful and will help him achieve that.

“Although this is his first manager’s job, for the past 4-5 years he has coached at Oxford United, Kidderminster Harriers and had a short spell at Hereford working under Russell Slade. He has very good contacts in the game.

“We also took into consideration that he was playing League football until fairly recently so he is abreast with the modern game and working with today’s young footballers. He was a leader on the pitch and knows what it takes to win football matches.”

Andy said on his appointment: “I am very grateful for this opportunity to become manager of Banbury United and I thank the chairman and board of directors for having faith in me. I can’t wait to get started in developing a football club that the community and fans can become even more proud of.”

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