New Ashton United manager Craig Robinson is eagerly looking to kick-start his managerial career, despite being on holiday in Spain.
The 30-year-old, who takes over from the departing Danny Johnson, is currently enjoying a family vacation, but he hasn't let that stop him from beginning preparation for next season.
He said: “I didn't know that I had got the job until the Monday morning, so I started on the Tuesday morning, but that only left me with four days before I went on holiday. But even though I am on holiday now, I'm not really stopping.”
Robinson was part of the Ashton squad of last season who started the season so brightly, firing them into play-off contention from the word go. He hopes Ashton can start the new season as they started the last, and is looking to bring a good spirit in the changing room.
“We finished mid-table after we dwindled off a bit in the second half of the season, but we got off to a flying start. We will be looking to start again at the same pace."
“On the pitch I always lead by example and I got a lot of respect off the players and the coaching staff, so that is something I am aiming to bring. I want good unity in the dressing room and for people to enjoy playing their football.”
Robinson was approached by the Ashton board after previous manager Johnson decided to take up a new challenge at league rivals Nantwich Town. He described the opportunity to manage Ashton as one that he "couldn’t knock back".
The remaining squad members at Ashton have all been given the chance to wear The Robins' colours again, with Robinson looking to add some extra quality to the group as well.
"Some of them had already gone by the time that I got the job, but everyone else I have been in touched with and given them the chance to come back for next season."
“There are one or two players I would definitely like to keep but at the same time there are one or two that I am looking to bring in."
“By June I am hoping to have a good sized squad.”