THE challenge is huge, Gavin Fell last night admitted.
But Blyth Spartans’ new assistant manager insists the scale of the task is what compelled him to make the move to Croft Park.
Previously head coach at Whitley Bay, Fell – along with new Blyth boss Steve Cuggy – has signed a one-year contract with the Spartans, with the option of a further 12 months.
While Seahorses boss Ian Chandler turned the job down, Fell is determined to prove he and Cuggy have made the right decision in taking the step from backroom staff to frontline management.
And adding to the challenge, Fell is aiming to lead Blyth to an even better season than the last one.
“I know it’s going to be a challenge but I’m massively up for that challenge,” Fell said. “It was an opportunity I just couldn’t turn down.
“I’m fully aware of the scale and size of the challenge, we’re going from the Northern League to the Conference North.
“But we’re coming in with our eyes wide open and we can’t wait to get stuck in. Steve and I know each other very well and we work well together.
“We’re determined to prove to everyone that we’ve made the right decision, that we’re not just coaches, as we have been in the past, but that we can manage a team as well.
“People might be asking ‘Why leave Whitley Bay?’. The reasons are purely footballing. Anyone who knows me knows I’m ambitious, I love my coaching but I also take it very seriously, and this is a great opportunity.
“If another Northern League club had come in I wouldn’t be going anywhere, but there was no real decision for me.
“Blyth are a big club in North East non-league football, and whether you’re a player, a manager or a coach, you want to be working at the highest level you possibly can.
“Mick Tait did an absolutely fantastic job over the last two seasons, getting to the FA Trophy quarter-finals and finishing in the top ten in the league.
“But our aim has to be to try and improve on that.
“We’ll be building a team that plays the right way but with a work ethic and focus, and with team spirit.”
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