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Ashton rejects Premiership to remain with Fylde

15 April 2011

  • Former England Head Coach Brian Ashton rejects Premiership return
  • 2007 RWC final coach to remain with National League Two Fylde
Former England Head Coach Brian Ashton, who is to remain with National League Two club Fylde

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Former England Head Coach Brian Ashton has turned down a chance to return to the Premiership to commit his future to Fylde.

Ashton had been linked to coaching roles at Sale and former club Bath, however he has opted to continue working at the National Two outfit.

Ashton, who guided England to the Rugby World Cup final in 2007, has been assisting the minnows as technical director of rugby this season – with the Lancashire club on the verge of winning promotion to National One.

And the 64-year-old has now signed a new deal to remain at the side where he played as a scrum half.

Ashton, who had two stints working with Bath, told the club's official site: "I have had offers of jobs at Premiership level and have been strongly linked with Sale in the media.

"However my role as technical director at Fylde will allow me to base my other business interests in sports and management coaching services at Fylde.

"I am delighted to get involved with Fylde the club where I started my career as a player.

"It is a well organised club on and off the field with excellent facilities."