New manager and chairman at Seaton Delaval Amateurs

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Northern Alliance side Seaton Delaval Amateurs have appointed a new manager and chairman.

Graeme Redpath has taken on the role of manager while David Holmes is the premier division outfit’s new chairman.

Delaval have also announced that Mick Jefels has left the club with immediate effect due to work and personal reasons.

Holmes was previously in charge of Bedlington Terriers in the Northern League first division.

He was also well known in the non league world for his well documented friendship with US billionaire Bob Rich.

Holmes said: “It is a great honour and privilege to be asked by the committee to step up to the role of chairman of Seaton Delaval Amateurs FC, a club with a proud history since 1920.

“It is my intention to bring a ‘feel good’ factor back to the club, and already this has been epitomised by the effort shown by the players in recent games, and I am sure that we will achieve the results that our performances have deserved.

“I was brought up to support your team through good times or bad, and when things are not going to plan you simply get behind your team even more.

“The club under my chairmanship will adopt a totally open and honest policy, with aims to develop and bring forward the youth to build a winning team and create an atmosphere that will entice people to come through the gate, with the ultimate aim of taking the club back to the highest level possible in non league football.

“We must build a strong bond with the local community and I will be making sure that we are very approachable to everyone with an open door policy.

“This is not something that can be achieved overnight, and one of the first steps is to add new committee members to further build the club around me that has the experience, knowledge and know-how to make this happen.

“I am sure experienced people will join the club to ensure we have the expertise required to achieve our goals.

“It is vital that we learn not to dwell on the past but strive to get it right, so going forward the philosophy is to have a ‘right first time’ attitude and approach.

“We must all pull in the same direction and we can only do this if we are together.

“At the end of the day everyone wants the club to be successful and the only way to achieve this is to unite and work as one.

“I therefore look forward with excitement and a passion to build the solid foundation blocks that will take this club to where it deserves to be at the highest point possible in non league football.”

Redpath comes to the club with a footballing pedigree having been at Newcastle United as a youth and having played for New Hartley Juniors, Morpeth Town, Brandon United and North Shields amongst other teams.

He then went on to manage Bedlington Terriers Reserve to success in the Northern Alliance first division and won the NFA Minor Cup.

He will assisted by player-coach Alex Benjamin, and the club said they are confident the pair will bring success to the team and develop the best young talent in the area playing for Seaton Delaval Amateurs FC.

In regards to the decision of club stalwart Jefels to step down, a statement said: “Everyone connected with Seaton Delaval Amateurs FC would like to thank Mick for everything that he has done for the club.

“For the last few years Mick has almost single-handedly kept the club in existence through his incredible work ethic and significant financial support, and with the help of his partner Gill, they have created a football club to be proud of, winning awards along the way and being commented upon from other teams as one of the most friendly clubs in the league to visit.

“Mick will be sorely missed around the club and everyone would like to wish him the very best of luck in whatever the future holds, but hopefully he will still visit when work allows and he can rest assured that he will receive a very warm welcome at Wheatridge Park.”