Spartans appoint new coach

BLYTH Spartans have made a new addition to their management team, with John Cornforth joining the club as a coach.

Following the appointment of Tom Wade as manager and the thrilling 3-2 win over Ilkeston FC on Saturday, the club have announced that former Wales International John Cornforth will work alongside Wade until the end of the season.

The 45-year-old enjoyed a long playing career that saw him feature for the likes of Sunderland, Swansea and Birmingham City, and pick up two International caps for Wales.

Since his retirement as a player he has gained managerial experience with Newport County, Exeter City and Torquay United, and he has also worked abroad where he was appointed to the position of Head Coach of the Korean Academy STS in Bucheon, South Korea.

After recently relocating back to the North East, he has spent the last couple of weeks helping out at Northern League side Horden CW.

He took in the victory over Ilkeston FC and held talks with manager Wade and the board early on Monday morning in time to confirm the appointment later that afternoon.

Wade said: “John’s got good experience – he’s come in to give me a hand on the coaching side of things.

“He was at the match on Saturday and we had a good chat after the game regarding what he thought and we are on the same page in terms of how we want the team to progress.

“He’s joined until the end of the season, but hopefully things will go well and we’ll see what happens.”

Cornforth was also pleased to heading to Croft Park, adding “It was a no-brainer joining the Spartans when Tom got in touch – it’s obviously a famous club with a good tradition, I have only been in the North East for about five and half weeks and having been helping out (former Spartans goalkeeper) Phil Naisbett at Horden.

“I was at the game on Saturday and was really impressed with the standard of the football on show, given the conditions.

“There is only something like eight weeks of the season left, but hopefully we can work on a few things in training and try and keep up the momentum that the club have generated in the last couple of games.”