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Phillips and Halford Take Ashton United Helm

Ashton United have appointed Paul Phillips and Steve Halford as their new joint managers after Craig Robinson stood down at the Evo-Stik League Premier Division club.

Robinson, 30, took over at Hurst Cross in May as player-manager following the departure of former manager Danny Johnson to Nantwich Town. He cited 'personal reasons' for his resignation and goes with the Premier Division club's best wishes.

Phillips (pictured), was already a part of the club's coaching team and takes charge with immediate effect having been among the original candidates for the post.

Ashton United Chairman Dave Aspinall paid tribute to the outgoing Robinson and tipped the defender to make a successful return to the dugout in the future.

Aspinall said: "It is with great regret that I have today accepted the resignation of Craig as manager of the club. The Hurst Cross Board has reluctantly agreed to accept the decision and would like to thank 'Robbo' for the hard work put in at the club over the summer. We are certain that he will make a successful return to management when the time is right."

Robinson joined Ashton in 2008 and was player-assistant manager to Johnson over much of the last two seasons.

The club has also confirmed that Steve Halford has agreed to join as joint manager with Phillips.

A club statement reads: "Ashton United would like to place on record their thanks to our friends at Mossley FC for giving permission to the club to approach their manager, and for the professional and pragmatic way in which they have conducted the transfer."

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