Steve Harmison named manager of Ashington football club

Former England and county team Durham pacer Steve Harmison has been named as the manager of Northern League Division One football team Ashington in a report on England Cricket Board’s (ECB) website. The two-time Ashes winner will take charge of his hometown club, which sits in the ninth tier of English football, alongside head coach Lee Skinner and Lee Anderson.

Chairman Ian Lavery said on the club’s official website: “All three have a wealth of experience in the sporting world and together can build on the success that Ashington Football Club have had since moving to Woodhorn Lane.”

Before becoming a cricket player Harmison played in central defence for the club until his late teens. Harmison retired from cricket in 2013. The 36-year-old takes charge with the club sitting 17th out of 22 teams following a 4-0 defeat to Marske United over the weekend. His first match as the manager of the team, will see him travel to Bishop Auckland on Tuesday.

Harmison played 63 Tests and 58 One-Day Internationals (ODI) for England and took 226 and 76 wickets respectively. The last time he played cricket was for Durham second side in March 2013 in a T20 match.