But four months spent doing his coaching badges at Norwich brought back too many bad memories after he was forced into retirement at the age of 26.
"I enjoyed being back at a football club and Norwich were great at helping me but being around the training pitch was bringing back too much," Ashton told the London Evening Standard. "It was making me feel down and I do not think I had the passion for the tactical side of things. I have lots of time to think about that when I'm older.
"I have always loved football and I will always want to be involved in it but it is nice to have other interests away from it. Golf has been brilliant for me since I have been finished, in terms of giving me something to focus on and enjoying sport."
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