Dean Ashton to return to football as coach.
STEPHEN GIBBS - BBC SPORT
Dean Ashton has announced he has returned to football as a coach and has had private spells at Crewe Alexandra and West Ham United. Ashton said "Well I didn't want it to become public so I could learn what there is before accepting a job offer before getting the badges and regretting it like some people have. I know a few lads who took a managerial job without experience and their careers were ruined prematurely. I want to have a long time in football and make up for the years I missed. I spent two years at Crewe from 2010 until 2012 before Dario Gradi arranged for me to work with the West Ham youngsters and I thank him for that because I learned a lot from the man and from Sam Allardyce in the time I've been here and I'm still working with the Hammers. Hopefully soon I can start managing. I'm 29 and I have some coaching badges but I think maybe in one or two years time I can start managing a first-team. When asked about the future of under-fire West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, this is what he had to say. "I've got huge respect for the guy and I'd like to see him stay but it's not my decision it's up to the board. The club are two points off the relegation zone and they've won two out of their last five but I think they can pull it together. - February 3rd 2013