Spartans terminate manager Cassidy’s contract

Tommy Cassidy.
Tommy Cassidy.

BLYTH Spartans have sacked manager Tommy Cassidy.

The announcement came Tuesday morning following a decision made by the club on Monday night.

A statement on the club website said: “After a meeting of the executive committee of the club on Monday evening it was unanimously decided to terminate the contract of manager Tommy Cassidy.

“Mr Cassidy was informed of this decision at the club on Tuesday morning.

“The club would like to thank Mr Cassidy for his work whilst at the club.”

It comes less than a year after the former Newcastle United player was appointed following Steve Cuggy’s departure after a short spell in charge at Croft Park.

Cassidy made his debut in the dugout on Boxing Day last season against former club Workington.

At the time, Spartans were struggling at the wrong end of the Blue Square North and it was hoped he would be able to help the green and whites avoid the drop.

But he failed and last May Blyth were relegated for the first time in their history and are now in the Evo-stick Northern Premier League, where they are currently sitting mid table.

Since the start of the 2012-13 campaign Spartans have won four league games, drawn one and lost three.

But they were also knocked out of both the FA Cup and FA Trophy within days of each other at the end of last month.

Fans took to Twitter following Tuesday’s announcement, with some Croft Park supporters not shocked to hear the news.

Brian Davison tweeted the News Post Leader saying: ‘Not really surprised. Seemed to me that fitness and discipline is lacking in the squad.”

While Dave Thompson said: “Not sad to see Cassidy go. Pre-season was shambolic. Performance at Witton recently one of the worst I have seen.”

Ross Teasdale got in touch to say: “Mick Tait should never have been sacked two seasons ago ... all downhill since ... hopefully he will return as manager.

A statement from Spartans chairman Tony Platten said he had spoken to coach Paddy Atkinson and club captain Wayne Buchanan about the dismissal of Cassidy.

He added that further conversations were scheduled to be held with the pair at Tuesday night’s training session.

Mr Platten said he also assured supporters that every effort would be made to keep them up to date with any developments.

Spartans travel to Buxton on Saturday for an Evo-stick Northern Premier fixture.