Lee Ashforth to be offered Harrogate Railway stay despite drop into NCEL

Lee Ashforth in the Railway dugout at Mossley (Photo: Caught Light Photography)
Lee Ashforth in the Railway dugout at Mossley (Photo: Caught Light Photography)

Lee Ashforth is set to be offered a chance to revive Harrogate Railway despite overseeing the Station View outfit’s relegation this season.

Railway’s committee met on Tuesday night with Ashforth’s future top of the agenda.

The Harrogate Advertiser Series understands that the committee voted in favour of offering Ashforth a year extension to his contract, although it remains to be seen whether the manager will accept the job.

Ashforth has overseen a miserable campaign for the Railwaymen which saw their relegation to the Northern Counties East League confirmed following Ossett Town’s victory over New Mills last Thursday.

Ossett added insult to injury on Monday night by completing a double of wins over Ashforth’s men this month in a 2-1 victory at Station View.

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Prior to Tuesday’s meeting, a brutally honest Ashforth said: “If they decide to keep me, that’s all well and good. Likewise, if they choose to get rid of me, I can’t have a complaint.

“We will see what they decide and where we go next, and we’ll see what I decide to do next as well.

“I want to stay in football and stay involved. Whether that’s involved with Harrogate Railway or not, that’s up to the people here.

“I have had a lot of support from other managers and people asking me to go and help them but I want management now and I have to learn from the mistakes I have made this year.”

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