Cuggy and Fell take over at Croft Park

New Blyth Spartans FC managerial duo Steve Cuggy and Gavin Fell.
New Blyth Spartans FC managerial duo Steve Cuggy and Gavin Fell.
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BLYTH Spartans FC have unveiled a new management duo in Steve Cuggy and Gavin Fell.

The pair, a pinnacle part in the success of Whitley Bay FC in the FA Carlsberg Vase over the past three years, have taken over from Mick Tait who was Spartans manager for two seasons.

Cuggy will take on the role of manager with immediate effect, with Fell assistant manager.

Cuggy admitted the past week has been a frenzy.

He said: “I am very happy to take on the role. I would have laughed if someone had said I would be Blyth Spartans manager a week ago, but it is not something I am frightened of.

“I am going into this with my eyes wide open, and I know what I have got for the season, and I am quite happy about what I have to play with initially.”

Cuggy and Fell were initially targeted just over a week ago, and after a number of meetings the pair were announced as the new management team on Monday night ahead of a press conference on Tuesday.

Speculation has already started as to players who might look to move with the new boss to Croft Park.

He added: “I have left Whitley Bay on good, amicable terms, and I’m not going to deny that I have been speaking to players, of course I have, and quite a few have approached me, it’s a two-way street.”

Speculation surrounds former Whitley Bay club captain David Coulson after he announced on the Whitley Bay forum on Tuesday he was leaving Hillheads.

He said his decision came after a lot of thought and it was time for a new challenge. He thanked the fans and wished his former manager and team-mates the best of luck.

On Tuesday, Spartans chairman Tony Platten said he was impressed by the new management duo’s skill levels, knowledge of physical fitness as well as the UEFA licenses Fell holds.

He was also impressed by their ambitions, and that coincides with the ambitions of the board to maintain a top half position in the Blue Square Bet North next season, as well as bring attractive football to Croft Park to increase attendances.

Mr Platten said: “We have got to play some good football on the pitch, especially at Croft Park, and get the crowds back in.

“Steve and Gavin have convinced us they would play attractive football.

“Steve Cuggy knows from his time here as a player that goals get the Blyth crowds going and we hope he can replicate his personal attributes and bring that into the team.”