VIDEO: Honest Ashforth uncertain over Harrogate Railway future after survival failure

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Lee Ashforth is waiting to find out his future as Harrogate Railway manager and admits he can have little complaints should the Station View committee decide to sack him.

Railway's committee will meet on Tuesday night with Ashforth's future top of the agenda.

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.

On his future at Railway, a brutally honest Ashforth said: “I have no way of knowing.

“The committee have a meeting this week. Whether or not they come to a decision, that's up to them.

Lee Ashforth, right, and assistant manager Simon Wood (Photo: Caught Light Photography)

Lee Ashforth, right, and assistant manager Simon Wood (Photo: Caught Light Photography)

"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.”

The Evo-Stik First Division North table

The Evo-Stik First Division North table

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Despite a torrid season in Evo-Stik First Division Nort, Ashforth rallied Railway to two wins in the final month of the campaign but defeat against fellow strugglers Ossett Town on April 2 proved decisive.

Asforth said: “The club has backed me throughout the season, it (the sack) has never been discussed. Full credit to the club for that. Now they have a decision to make and I fully understand that.

“The league table is certainly against me. I know personally the amount of hours I have put into this season and the amount of hours I have put in during the week.

“I do feel I have conducted myself in the right manner throughout the season. The discipline in the technical area, the discipline in the team. That's important. Sometimes it is about doing the right things.

“Realistically, it's all about the league table and wins on the board. We haven't got enough points.”

Railway have won only six of 41 matches this season and only have New Mills, who have been dubbed as the worst team in England, below them in the table.

They bring the season to a finish with a trip to Kendal Town on Saturday.

Ashforth said: “It was always going to be a hard season with the budget. We were the third lowest budget in the league and finished second bottom, so you can say we underperformed.

“The target was not to finish in the bottom two, I have performed just under that. But we are a long way off third bottom now.

“If we were a bit close you could say we were a bit unfortunate but it's not ten points plus and shows we were without doubt the second worst team in the league.

“It's massively disappointing. We have tried to rebuild the side a couple of times and it hasn't worked out for us. We have got into a rut that we haven't been able to get out of.”

Railway will drop into the Northern Counties East League alongside the likes of Worksop Town, Pickering Town and Garforth Town.

And, with only one promotion place available to teams in the tier below, Ashforth admitted the club could find it difficult to return to Evo-Stik level.

Asked whether Railway could bounce back, he said: “It depends on a lot of things. You look at the teams down there, Tadcaster, Handsworth, Cleethorpes, Clipstone, all that are putting good money into it.

“With only one going up, that tends to get you up near the top of the league. I'm pretty sure Harrogate Railway won't have that money. As a club, they need to step back assess where they want to be. If they're going to be a North East Counties team, get a budget that is going to get them where they want to finish in that league and a manager that can get them in that position.

“Everything that was done this year was to finish outside the bottom two and we've fallen outside those expectations. That's football.

“Not everybody can meet their expectations, some fail, some prosper. Unfortunately, we failed.”

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