The new deal will see Ashcrofts tenure in charge enter a second decade, one which both the club and the management team hope will be as successful as the first.
Vice Chair Kevin Harrison commented, “This is fantastic news for the Club. This is Lee’s 9th season at Longridge Town and he has contributed massively to our progression on and off the pitch. He has been extremely loyal to us over the years, turning down many offers to move up the football pyramid, and now is the time for us to return that loyalty. I sat down with him a couple of weeks ago and his commitment to the Club is undoubted. The stability that this will provide us, and the players that have joined us in pre season, will be important going forward.”
“Each Club is run differently, as we see on a weekly basis, but I couldn’t imagine working with any other manager and Lee, along with his team of Kieran, Levi and Kurt, can now concentrate on coaching and building our young side. Players are attracted to the Club because of the reputation we have in bringing on players and improving them, as we’ve seen with George Thomason, Brandon Lee and recently Jack Anderton. That reputation has been hard earned and is a credit to everyone at Longridge Town. Long may it continue.”
Lee himself was clearly delighted to extend his stay, “I’m really pleased as you never know in this game! The season hasn’t exactly gone to plan so far but I have a tremendous belief in this group of young players and to see that belief reciprocated by Kev and the Committee is very pleasing. It shows once again that we are all pulling in the same direction, and that we are all in it together. Obviously Kieran will be alongside me, and I have a great trust in him and his coaching ability. We’ve been together a long time and , being a Longridge lad, his passion for the Club is clear to see. Kurt (Nogan) has come in to work with the forwards and Levi (Iddon) will continue the excellent work that he is doing with James and the keepers.
Between us we have plenty of experience in the game, and our job now is to use that experience to improve an excellent bunch of young footballers who are proud to represent Longridge Town Football Club.”