Pablo Asensio

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Pablo Asensio
Pablo Asensio.jpg
Pablo Asensio in the stand after a Whitehawk match v Havant & Waterlooville 2016
Personal information
Full name Pablo Asensio
Date of birth (1973-01-03) 3 January 1973 (age 44)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Playing position Midfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Racing Club de Avellaneda
Teams managed
2009 Atlètic de Ciutadella
2016 Whitehawk
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Pablo Asensio (born 3 January 1973) is an Argentinian former professional footballer, most recently first team manager at National League South side Whitehawk. [1]

Playing career[edit]

Asensio was an attacking midfield player who played in Argentina, Brazil, Greece and Spain. He began his career with Gimnasia before moving to Racing Club de Avellaneda in his home country. He retired from playing in 2002 due to ankle injuries. [2]

Coaching and management[edit]

Asensio moved to England in September 2002 to study for coaching qualifications. He was an observer under his mentor and friend Gus Poyet at Sunderland, Leeds United and Spurs [3] as well as working as a scout for Poyet when the latter was managing Brighton & Hove Albion. [4] Between 2007 and 2009 Asensio joined the management team at Droylesden[5] and coached at Accrington Stanley. [6]

In July 2009 he was appointed manager at the Menorcan team Atlètic de Ciutadella who play in the Spanish Segunda División B but left in September 2009, as he did not hold the correct UEFA Pro license. Asensio subsequently received his UEFA Pro Licence 'A' in 2011 and then coached at Southport under manager Liam Watson, where he was credited with being a major influence behind the team's push for the play-offs in 2012. [7] From August 2012 he assisted with coaching at Macclesfield Town under manager Steve King before being officially appointed first team coach on 17th October 2012. [8] He was sacked along with King on 3rd April 2013. [9]

On 10th February 2014, Asensio was appointed Assistant Manager at Whitehawk under his former manager at Macclesfield Town, Steve King. When King left his post in January 2016, Asensio took over from him as Caretaker Manager,[10] reorganising the squad and playing style to such an extent that after drifting down towards the relegation zone, Whitehawk finished the season in style and reached the play offs. Asensio was named Vanarama National League South manager of the month for April [11] and was rewarded by being appointed in May 2016 as permanent manager on a two year contract. He then undertook a complete overhaul of the playing staff for the start of the new season.[12][13] After a poor start to the 2016-2017 season, with only one win in eight games, The Hawks replaced Asensio with former Eastleigh manager Richard Hill. [14][15]


  1. ^ "Whitehawk Backroom Staff". Whitehawk F.C. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Pablo Asensio football player". Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Asensio philosophical about Worthing tie". Sussex FA. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Chase will be on for Accrington Stanley midfielder". Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Bloods boss hails Asensio arrival". 27 May 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Chase will be on for Accrington Stanley midfielder". Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Georgina Stubbs (2 May 2014). "Former Southport coach Pablo Asensio has thrown his hat into the ring to be the club's next manager". Southport Visiter. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Silkmen appoint coach". Macclesfield Town. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  9. ^ Steve Coney (4 April 2013). "King dethroned by Macclesfield Town". The NonLeague Paper. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  10. ^ Brian Owen (17 February 2016). "Whitehawk part company with boss Steve King". The Argus. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "Vanarama Manager and Player Awards for April". Southport F.C. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  12. ^ Tom Harris (13 May 2016). "Pablo Asensio signs new contract". Whitehawk F.C. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  13. ^ Howard Griggs (22 May 2016). "Whitehawk make six new signings". The Argus. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  14. ^ Brian Owen (9 September 2016). "National League: Richard Hill takes charge as Whitehawk sack Asensio". The Argus. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  15. ^ Tom Harris (9 September 2016). "Club statement - managerial change". Whitehawk F.C. Retrieved 9 September 2016.