Gateshead have this afternoon confirmed that manager Steve Watson has quit his role to join up with York City.
The Minstermen, currently 16th in the National League North, sacked Sam Collins after they were beaten by Curzon Ashton at the weekend. Gateshead, who were tipped for relegation are just outside the playoff places in 8th.
?CLUB STATEMENT: Steve Watson & Micky Cummins.
— Gateshead FC (@GatesheadFC) January 10, 2019
— York City FC (@YorkCityFC) January 10, 2019
A statement from City’s board of directors states: “We are delighted to welcome Steve Watson to the club as first team manager along with his assistant Micky Cummins.
“The board conducted a series of interviews with a number of candidates but Steve impressed with his considerable experience as a player and coach, his knowledge of the game at all levels, and his vision for the club.
“He has demonstrated an ability to be successful on a limited budget at Gateshead and is prepared to step down from a higher league to strive for success at York City Football Club.
“The board will now be fully supportive of Steve’s aims and ambitions and wish both men every success in their task.”
Football fans have taken to Twitter to reveal their shock, Gateshead fans certainly vented their anger – take a look at what they had to say on the next page.