An insight into the career of our new U23s Head Coach…..
By Luke Thompson - 19/09/2017
Posted 3 years ago
Andy turns 33 on Wednesday, and was named as Harriers U23s Head Coach in September 2017, leaving his role as joint-manager of Oxford United U18s after two years.
The Birmingham-born former right-back joined Coventry City aged 13 and progressed through their academy to make his first team debut in February 2003. Whing will always be remembered by Coventry fans for scoring the club’s final ever goal at Highfield Road in a 6-2 victory over Derby County in 2005. After making over 100 appearances in The Championship for The Sky Blues over a four year period, Whing moved to the south coast to sign for then League One side Brighton & Hove Albion on a free transfer in July 2007, eventually surpassing the 100 appearance mark once again before leaving to join Leyton Orient permenantly in January 2011, via short term loans spells with Chesterfield and Orient themselves.
Staying with The O’s for just four months and making 28 appearances, Whing made his final move of his playing career to Oxford United in May 2011, and quickly became a cult hero on the Oxford terraces.
Making 112 appearances for The U’s in a four-season period, Whing retired from playing in July 2015 due to injuries and transitioned to take on the role of joint-manager of Oxford’s U18s, before moving to take the Head Coach role of Harriers U23s in September 2017.
In total, Whing made over 400 professional appearances in a 12 year playing career, and leaves Oxford after a six year association with the League 1 club.
Whing lives in the West Midlands and knows Harriers manager John Eustace from their time together with Coventry in the early 2000’s – the club that Eustace also began his professional playing career with in 1996.