FC Halifax Town: Aspin releases statement after leaving The Shay

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin has released a statement the day after he left his position as manager of FC Halifax Town after six years in charge.

In it, Aspin has thanked his staff and the Town supporters and says he is keen to return to football management.

But he also says he wasn’t shown the same loyalty by the club that he showed them in rejecting offers to manage elsewhere.

He said: “I would like to place on record my thanks to all the staff and players that have worked for me and contributed to a very successful period in the club’s history.

“I would also like to thank the supporters of the club who have backed me since I took over seven years ago.

“I’m very proud of my record in achieving three promotions and two play-off finishes in my six full seasons and moving the club forward from eighth position in the Evo-Stik North to topping the Conference National.

“Unfortunately due to a number of factors it is a position we have been unable to maintain or kick on from.

“As a part-time team without proper training facilities and with a budget considerably less than many teams we have done exceptionally well to reach the play-offs and secure a top 10 finish in the past two seasons.

“I’m also proud of my record in unearthing players who have moved on to play at higher levels and who have generated a transfer profit in excess of three quarters of a million pounds.

“There is no doubt that if those players had not left the club then further progress could have been achieved.

“I still have a great hunger and desire to continue in football management and this was my first season of poor results and it would appear the loyalty I have shown in turning down other job offers only works one way.”