Ashton United’s new manager is Steve Cunningham who has crossed the divide having previously been in charge of their arch rivals.
Three days after Michael Clegg resigned following the Robins’ 6-0 home defeat by Hyde United, Cunningham took over the reins.
The former Colne, Curzon Ashton and Buxton manager comes to Hurst Cross with a wealth of experience, including winning the Northern Premier League title with Buxton last season as well as guiding the Bucks to the second round of the FA Cup.
Cunningham, who left Buxton after promotion due to personal reasons, had been waiting for an opportunity to get back into management,
Robins’ 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.”
Cunningham has been reunited with Nigel Keogh who has been appointed first-team coach.
Keogh has most recently enjoyed a spell at Newcastle Town as first-team coach having moved on from Buxton’s backroom team when Cunningham left.
The UEFA B licenced coach has a wealth of experience having previously held a role at Hyde United while also running international academies including Edukick Manchester and Ellesmere College in Shropshire.