New boss signals new start for club
Club chairman Brian Parkinson confirmed this week Ashcroft would be the new boss and said the club committee is delighted with the appointment.
Parkinson said Ashcroft, who played last season in the West Lancashire League with Fulwood Amateurs, had expressed an interest in the post. He formerly spent a six-year period at Kendal Town as manager from 2006 to 2012.
Parkinson said: “We are really chuffed to have got Lee on board.
“He’s a local lad and really enthusiastic about the role and the club. There are a number of changes ahead but we’re excited about it.
“It is important for us we never have another season like the last one but we’re confident we’ve now steadied the ship and it’s time to look forward.”
The longtime chairman said there had been quite a few candidates who had put themselves forward for the vacant position after Simon Carey resigned at the end of the season.
But he added the appointment of the experienced player signalled a new start for the club after a disappointing season for the first team.
He said: “We have a new coaching staff, a good set of lads and hopefully a few potential signings and it means we can start afresh.
“I think after the disappointment of the last season a few of team were a bit worried but they’ll be excited about Lee coming in and looking forward to getting back to training.
“We have some friendlies in place so it’s important to be ready with team in place to move the club forward.”
Parkinson revealed that Ashcroft is set to bring in a new assistant manager Ian Kilford.
Ashcroft started his playing career as an under 21 international striker at Preston North End Football Club in 1987. He enjoyed a successful career with spells at West Bromwich Albion, Notts County, Grimsby Town, Wigan Athletic, Port Vale, Huddersfield Town and Conference Club Southport before ending his playing career with a Kendal Town.
He has also managed at Northwich Victoria.
Parkinson added: “Lee is really enthusiastic and ready to get to work. He has a number of plans already and we’ve got a busy time ahead.”