ASHVILLE FC are looking for a new manager after Gary Jones announced he was resigning from the role. 

Birkenhead-born Jones, 46, became the Wallasey-based non-league club's manager last year following an illustrious career as a professional footballer. 

The central midfielder made 716 Football League appearances, including 464 for Rochdale, for whom he holds the all-time record for the most games. 

Jones also played for Barnsley, Cardiff City, Notts County and Southport and was part of the Bradford City side which famously reached the final of the League Cup in 2013. 

A statement from Ashville FC said: "Ashville FC regrets to announce that club legend Gary Jones has stepped down from his role as first team manager with immediate effect. 

"Gary took over the reigns, initially on an interim basis, following the resignation of the late Steve Murphy on January 15 2023. 

"Gary then became the permanent manager at the beginning of this season, taking the club to a 15th place finish in the NWCFL First Division South.

"Under Gary's tenure, Ashville also reached the Third Round Proper of the FA Vase alongside quarter final runs in the Macron Cup and Edward Case Cup.

"The club would like to place on record its sincere gratitude and thanks to Gary for his contributions during his time in the dugout. 

"Gary is and will always be considered an Ashville legend and we are honoured to consider him a member of our alumni. 

"We wish Gary all the best in his future endeavours and hope to see a local legend in the stands some time in the future. 

"The club is not accepting applications for the now vacant manager's position at this time and an announcement on Gary's successor will be made in due course."