Familiar face returns to Ashton Town

Ashton Town's search for a new manager has resulted in David Dempsey returning to the hotseat he vacated 11 months ago.

Dempsey had been in charge at Widnes, after a short spell with Atherton Collieries.

He rejoins Town for a second time after the shock departure of Glynn Hurst last month.

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Town chairman Mark Hayes said: "Demps left us in third place in the league after a promotion and a cup win.

"We work very well together and I am truly excited to be doing it again.

"Huge thanks to Widnes for allowing the approach and of course Terry Smith, who leaves us as interim manager with two wins and a draw.

"This quite simply and definitely a case of unfinished business. Huge thanks to all applicants."

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Dempsey added: "Really pleased to be coming back to Ashton Town.

"There is a massive sense of unfinished business and I’m ready to help the club progress!

"Thanks to Mark for trusting in me and asking for me to return."

Interim boss Smith tweeted: “Disappointed not to get the manager position. Good luck for the season boys.”

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