Cassidy moves in as Cuggy moves on

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FORMER Blyth Spartans FC manager Steve Cuggy has admitted it was simply not meant to be.

Cuggy left the club last week with former Newcastle United midfielder Tommy Cassidy announced as the new man in charge shortly after.

Cuggy said: “I had a very open meeting with the chairman and general manager at the club, it was very amicable.

“I accepted results had not been good enough and it was accepted that unfortunate things were happening against us that were simply out of our control.

“Injuries or sendings off were things we couldn’t do anything about.

“They know that we put a lot into it but it just was not meant to be.”

After three successive wins at Wembley in the FA Carlsberg Vase as assistant manager with Whitley Bay, Cuggy took the step up to Spartans with Bay coach Gavin Fell joining him.

And Fell will be continuing with his coaching role to ease Cassidy into his new job.

Cuggy said: “I am more than happy for Gavin to stay at the club while Tommy gets into the role, that’s a sensible thing to do.

“I wish Blyth all the best, I hope they get out of the bottom of the table.”

After seven months of putting a lot into Blyth, Cuggy hasn’t got any new challenges lined up at the minute and will be enjoying a break over the Christmas and New Year period with his family.