Villa boss is staying

ASKERN Villa manager Brian Johnston says he is flattered to have been offered the opportunity to manage in the Baris Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division but he insists he is going nowhere.

He said: “Two clubs have approached me this summer and it would be wrong of me to mention which clubs they are because someone else will be managing them next season.

“One chairman did his very best to persuade me but my heart kept me here at Askern and I would like to wish him all the best for the forthcoming season.

“I’m Askern born and bred, and also a former player, so my heart is with Askern Villa at this present time.

“I feel my job is not finished yet, my ambition is to gain promotion with Askern and I feel if the players perform to the best of their abilities we won’t be far away.”

Villa play their first friendly on Saturday, July 16, at Southwell City.

They have been drawn at home to either AFC Emley or Hemsworth MW in the second round of the League Cup.

n Rossington Main begin their pre-season preparations with a double-header at Church Street this weeekend.

They host Cleethorpes Town on Saturday (2pm) and Buxton Under 19s on Sunday (11am) in a pre-season tournment.