Club legend Jason Ainsley will take on a new role as Head of Football alongside his Club Ambassador duties.
Ainsley, who managed the club for 14 years and led Spennymoor Town to multiple titles, promotions and the famous FA Vase success in 2013, will become part of the team and assist Manager Tommy Miller with recruitment and strengthening the club.
Ainsley was the longest serving manager within the top six tiers of English football when he left his role as Manager in December 2020.
The 51-year-old took up the role of Club Ambassador in the summer and has been a familiar face at home and away games this season.
I’ve had ten months away from the game recharging my batteries and I am hungry for a new challenge at the club.Jason Ainsley
As Head of Football, Ainsley will be heavily involved with the first team and provide additional support and guidance to Miller and his backroom staff.
Speaking about his new role, Ainsley said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the new role of Head of Football to go alongside my ambassador responsibilities.
“I will be working closely with the Chief Executive, the board and the manager in supporting with the recruitment of players, the long term strategy of the club and helping Spennymoor Town achieve its goals and aspirations.
“I’ve had ten months away from the game recharging my batteries and I am hungry for a new challenge at the club.
“My affinity with Spennymoor Town is well known to everyone and I have built up strong relationships and a wide network of contacts over the many years I have been involved in the game.
“These contacts will be valuable and I will call upon them in order to support the manager in having the best squad possible.”
Jason has worked with me for over 20 years and his knowledge of non-league football is second to none.Brad Groves
Chief Executive Brad Groves said: “It was always in my plan to bring Jason back to support the management team when the time was right for him and the club.
“Jason has worked with me for over 20 years and his knowledge of non-league football is second to none.
“He is therefore an extremely strong asset to have working alongside Tommy and the team and will help improve the club as we strive towards our target of promotion.”
Manager Tommy Miller said: “I have obviously worked closely with Jason during my time at Spennymoor, so I am fully aware of the relationship he has with the club.
“His vast knowledge of the non-league game will only benefit myself and my management team moving forward.”
Managing Director Tony Wilson said: “Jason has had time away from the game and now feels he is in a position and mindset to help the club develop and progress.
“He understands the culture and identity of Spennymoor Town better than anybody and he is determined and driven to help us reach our targets both on and off the pitch.
“Jason’s personality and in-depth knowledge of the game at this level make him a perfect fit and will only benefit Tommy and his team moving forward.”