Gateshead 1 Barnet 2: Shock as Smith quits a week into season

Gateshead have been thrown into unexpected turmoil just one week into the season following the shock resignation of manager Anth Smith

Gateshead manager Anth Smith
Gateshead manager Anth Smith

Gateshead have been thrown into unexpected turmoil just one week into the season following the shock resignation of manager Anth Smith

The former Sunderland defender’s offer to resign was accepted by chairman Graham Wood yesterday, with another former Black Cat, David Rush, installed as caretaker-manager.

Smith only took over the Tynesiders’ hot seat in December from Ian Bogie but, after three defeats in the opening week, the latest against Barnet on Saturday, he has decided to leave.

The Wearsider brought in nine players during the summer but defeats against Kidderminster, Grimsby and Barnet have left Gateshead pointless and in the bottom four.

“Football throws up something different every week, but resigning just one week into a season is a new one on me,” said Wood.

“It came as a complete shock, but by offering to resign Anth Smith’s position as manager became untenable.

“I have accepted his reasons why, but am disappointed. We are not going to rush into making a hasty appointment. David Rush will be in charge at Southport on Saturday where we will look to kick-start the season.”

On the pitch it took Gateshead half an hour to get into the swing of things when former Hartlepool striker Colin Larkin atoned for an earlier miss with a simple tap-in.

But, just as they had against Grimsby four days earlier, Gateshead failed to hold to a lead as Keanu Marsh-Brown had levelled within five minutes.

Barnet, relegated from League Two last season, remained the likelier side but Gateshead were on course for their first point until Jake Hyde struck two minutes from time.

His volley was a brilliant finish and a dagger through the heart of a Gateshead side yet to gel, Smith then falling on his sword after just eight months at the helm.

GATESHEAD: Bartlett, Baxter, O’Brien, Chandler,Tait, Clark, Brown, Turnbull, Brodie,(Maddison 46), Walker (Boyes 71), Larkin (Marwood 79). Subs (not used): Nixon (gk), Cummins.

Goal: Larkin (32). Booked: Maddison.

BARNET: Stack, Yiadom, Johnson, Stephens, Ancheampong, Marsh-Brown (Vilhette 84), Byrne, Weston, Gambin (Mengerink 79), Casabella (Crawford 70), Hyde. Subs (not used): Saville, Jupp (gk).

Goals: Marsh-Brown (36), Hyde (88).

Booked: Acheampong, Stephens.

Referee: Darren Handley (Bolton) Attendance: 639

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