Midgley leaves coaching role due to work commitments

Spennymoor Town Coach Paul Midgley has stepped aside from his role at the club due to work commitments, ending his 18-month stay at The Brewery Field.

Midgley linked up with Jason Ainsley and Tommy Miller ahead of the 2018/19 campaign having previously held recruitment and coaching positions at Sunderland, Stockton Town, York City and English Schools FA.

An integral part of a season which almost ended in promotion to The National League, the 32-year-old is now unable to carry on his work for the club due to a new full-time role.

After making the decision, Midgley said: “It is with a heavy heart that I have no option than to stop my involvement with Spennymoor Town Football Club.

“I would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved with the club for the last 18 months. It’s been an unbelievable club to be part of, and to come so close to promotion in such dramatic circumstances is something I will never forget.

Keep getting behind the lads like I know you will and hopefully they can take this special club one step further than last year.”

“I would like to personally thank the chairman, the board, the management staff and Jason and Tommy. They have both been fantastic for me to learn off with their combined level of experience, and both I now class as friends.

“Most importantly, the players have been sensational to work with and I will miss it and them dearly.

“My new role at a club will limit my availability and after lengthy discussion with Jason and Tommy over a number of weeks, it is not fair on the club with how sporadic my involvement would be.

“However, after discussions with the manager, I will still be a phone call away should the club need anything and I will certainly do my utmost to help should it be required.

“My final message is to the fans who have in large been unbelievable with me since my arrival. I want to thank you all. The scenes at Brackley in the play-off semi-final will especially live long in the memory.

“Keep getting behind the lads like I know you will and hopefully they can take this special club one step further than last year.”

Following the decision, manager Ainsley said: “It is with regret that we have to part company with Paul due to his full time commitments with Leeds United.

“Midge has played a massive part in our progression during his 18 months at the club and his commitment and efforts have been outstanding.

“He will be a big miss to the dressing room but has promised to come to the games when he can.

“We all wish him well with his new venture.”