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FOOTBALL - Solihull Moors appoint Andy Whing as new head coach

Solihull Editorial 28th Jun, 2023 Updated: 5th Jul, 2023   0

SOLIHULL Moors have appointed Andy Whing as the club’s new head coach following a successful spell with National League North side Banbury United.

Whing resigned as Banbury boss in May having taken the club into the National League North for the first time in the club’s history and replaces Neal Ardley in the ARMCO Arena hotseat.

And Whing will work with assistant coach James Quinn who has been a key figure in the Moors dugout  since 2018.

Whing said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Solihull Moors and delighted to make the step up into full-time management.

“My time at Banbury has given me a great grounding and the experience that I gained there will prove invaluable. I can’t wait to get going now, meet the lads and start pre-season off on the right foot.

“Having seen the training facilities and the set up here at Moors, I am incredibly impressed by what I have seen and feel we have everything in place to have a successful season.

“I have known the chairman since my days at Oxford, and he was a big reason in me coming here, it’s an incredible opportunity and now I want to repay the faith that he has shown me.

“Like I say I am chomping at the bit to get started.”

Moors chairman Darryl Eales added: “I’m delighted that Andy has joined Moors as head coach working alongside director of football, Stephen Ward, and first team coach, James Quinn.

“I’ve known Whingy since my Oxford days and his professionalism, his commitment to the highest standards and his drive and work ethic have always impressed me.

“He understands the club and its community route and deserves this opportunity after his excellent spell at Banbury and having learnt his stripes from working with experienced coaches like Michael Appleton and John Eustace.

“He is an on the grass coach who will settle at the club quickly as we look forward to a season of progression. I’ve no doubt we will be one of the fittest teams in the league.

“He will embrace the club fully and I look forward to building a great relationship with him.”

The 38-year-old guided Banbury to the Southern League Premier Central title in 2021/22, winning the league by a margin of 23 points with four games to spare.

He began his professional career at Coventry City where he made over 100 appearances and also enjoyed four-year spells at Brighton and Hove Albion and Leyton Orient.

Whing’s coaching career began at Kidderminster Harriers where he was under-23’s boss in 2017 before moving to Hereford to work with Russell Slade in 2019.

He became Banbury boss in May 2020 and, after guiding the club to the Southern League title in his first season at the helm, comfortably kept the club in the National League North last term.

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