Atkinson departs Blyth Spartans

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BLYTH Spartans are once again in the process of looking for a new manager following the resignation of Paddy Atkinson on Friday.

His departure came after the Croft Park side picked up their first away win since September against Kendal Town last Tuesday night.

The news came on Friday following a meeting between Atkinson and club chairman Tony Platten, when the boss handed in his letter of resignation, citing work commitments as the main reason.

A statement from the club on Friday night said: “He is stepping down due to his increasing work commitments and feels that the timing of his departure will give the club sufficient time to organise a new management structure for next season.

“Atkinson is still committed to the club and has even offered to help Blyth with scouting, advice or any other role he can.”

Spartans have publicly thanked Atkinson for all that he has done for the club, saying they wish him well and good luck for the future.

Atkinson took over the reigns at Spartans in October when Tommy Cassidy departed the club, and shortly after Tom Wade joined as his assistant.

The Northumberland outfit sit in 16th place in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League with 36 points, having won ten of their 29 games played.

Tom Wade will take charge until a new manager is announced.