Andy Whing is to leave Oxford United to take up a new role at Kidderminster Harriers.
For the last two seasons ‘Whingy’ has been co-managing the youth team at United with Leon Blackmore-Such after stepping into that role at the end of his playing career. He moves on to become Head Coach of Kidderminster’s under-23 side and told us:
“I have had a fantastic six and a half years at Oxford United and want to thank the players, management and staff for the way they made me feel part of the club from the very first day. I have loved every minute and am sad to be leaving such a fantastic club, but I feel it is the right thing to do for my career right now. I know the Chairman and Manager at Kidderminster really well and it is a very exciting time to be joining them.“
United Chairman Darryl Eales said:
“Andy is a fantastic guy to have around; very knowledgeable, very hard working and immensely likeable. It is sad to see him go but he feels it is the right move for him and we wish him the best of luck in his new role. He leaves the youth team in great shape and with a number of promising youngsters continuing the club’s proud tradition of developing local young players and giving them the best opportunity of becoming professional footballers.”
Leon Blackmore-Such added:
“Fans maybe only saw the fierce Whingy on the pitch; I know they loved that side of him. But off the field he is very different; very approachable, very focussed and someone I have learned so much from over the last two years or so. He has been a great servant to the club but we respect his decision to move on and he knows he is always welcome back as a friend of everyone at the club.”
See an emotional farwell message from Whingy in iFollow soon.