Ambler leaves Kirkby

hsb  Kirkby Malzeard v Kirk Deighton.  110122M1b.
hsb Kirkby Malzeard v Kirk Deighton. 110122M1b.
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Kirkby Malzeard boss Phil Ambler’s and assistant Glyn Tasker have left the club due to family reasons.

They announced their decision at a recent committee meeting ahead of Saturday’s proposed home game against Bedale which was cancelled due to the weather.

Kirkby chairman John Pickard and Jordan Hunt will take over the side in time for tomorrow’s home game against Otley Rovers (2pm).

The Highfield legend will leave with a heavy heart as he explained to the Ripon Gazette this week.

“It was a difficult decision but it’s not a footballing thing it’s due to personal and family circumstances,” said Ambler.

“The time was right for me to step down. I’ve got two young kids and I want to spend more time with them.

“I spoke to Glyn and he said he was thinking the same. He’s just had another kid and work commitments make it difficult too.

“We felt it better to leave together.”

Ambler returned to the club as manager in January 2008 with the team languishing near the bottom of the Premier League.

After a nailbiting few months he steered them to safety before rebuilding the side in the close season.

At the end of the 2008/09 campaign they finished a respectable position in the league and reached the Whitworth Cup final at Harrogate Town.

With more faces added the following year they took the league by storm winning the Harrogate top flight for the first time and also adding the Senior Cup.

“That was the highlight for me,” added Ambler.

“When I left the last time (in 2006) I knew I was going to be back.

“This time I’m not too sure but I feel the decision to come back was vindicated.

“The club is in a fantastic position. We’ve got three teams and everything is in place for someone else to come in and take the club forward.

“I’ve really enjoyed it since coming back.

“It was a challenge but I feel we are now in a lot stronger position than we were when I came back.”

Club chairman John Pickard has praised Phil and Glyn for their efforts.

He’s revealed he will take over the running of the first team with Jordan Hunt who has been promoted from the second team.

“A lot of thanks has to go them,” said Pickard.

“They’ve done a great job but Phil felt it was time to stand down and spend more time with his two young kids. He said it’s down to family reasons and that’s fair enough.

“But life goes on. We’ve got plans in place for the rest of the season, I’ve seen managers come and go in my time and we will survive.”

Due to the dismal weather Kirkby face a huge backlog in the coming months.

“We need this game on, it’s an important one for us,” added Pickard.

As do THIRSK FALCONS. Their proposed game against Bramham was postponed last weekend.

George Peirse and his men will be looking for more luck when they welcome rivals Pateley Bridge to Sowerby School tomorrow. Thirsk stay third in the league 14 points behind Harrogate Railway.