Wade honoured to take charge of boyhood club

BLYTH Spartans FC have announced that Tom Wade will take charge until the end of the season, following the departure of Paddy Atkinson last week.

Wade joined as Atkinson’s number two in October but will step up to the manager’s role for the remainder of the 2012-13 campaign.

Atkinson’s departure came after Spartans picked up their first away win since September against Kendal Town last Tuesday night.

Wade’s managerial experience spans from Harrogate in the Blue Square North to Gateshead and Newcastle Blue Star.

He said “I am delighted to have been offered the role of manager of the club until the end of the season.

“The brief I have been given is to continue with all the hard work Paddy has put into the job, work with the existing players until the end of the season and look for an improvement in both the current form and league position.

“We were excellent against Kendal and we are looking at that game as the benchmark which we cannot drop below.

“I will be looking for a coach to help out and that’s my priority, as well as getting the lads ready for a big game at Croft Park against Ilkeston on Saturday.

“It is a massive honour to be asked to take on such a job with my boyhood club and I will give it my best shot.”

Spartans chairman Tony Platten said: ”Following a board meeting on Monday evening I met with Tom this morning and am delighted to say that he has agreed to take over until the end of the season.

“He knows the players and I think he can stabilise us on the pitch and build on our recent fine win at Kendal Town.

“Tom is already on the lookout for a coach to work alongside him and I will be going to training tonight to inform the players and hopefully we can all move forward as one.”

Former manager Atkinson handed in his letter of resignation last Friday, citing work commitments as the main reason.

A statement from the club on Friday night said: “He is stepping down due to his increasing work commitments and feels that the timing of his departure will give the club sufficient time to organise a new management structure for next season.

“Atkinson is still committed to the club and has even offered to help Blyth with scouting, advice or any other role he can.”

Spartans have publicly thanked Atkinson for all that he has done for the club, saying they wish him well and good luck for the future.

The Northumberland outfit sit in 16th place in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League with 36 points, having won ten of their 29 games played.