Mike Williamson set to take over as Gateshead Manager? – Report
Former Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson is being tipped to be the new Gateshead manager.
Williamson was on Newcastle’s books for five years before joining Wolves in a permanent deal following a successful loan spell.
Later moving on to Oxford, in August 2018 there was then a surprise announcement of a return to Tyneside, signing a one year contract at Gateshead.
Despite chaos off the pitch, Mike Williamson did well on the pitch, helping them to finish an excellent ninth in the table in very trying conditions.
Everything fell apart at Gateshead as the season ended and reserve team manager David Dickson was named as the new first team manager.
However, Monday has seen an official statement from Gateshead’s new owners, revealing that they have agreed to part company with manager David Dickson by mutual consent.
Mark Carruthers is an expert on the local non-league scene and writing in the Shields Gazette, he says that speculation is mounting that Mike Williamson will be announced as Gateshead’s new player-manager.
In one of those very unfair moves, Gateshead and their new owners find themselves relegated one division to National League North, punished for the sins of those who pretty much destroyed the club before moving on.
Best of luck to them in the new season, whether that is with or without Mike Williamson involved.
The central defender is still only 35 so no reason why he can’t be a key figure on and off the pitch is he is appointed.
Official Gateshead announcement:
Gateshead Football Club manager Dave Dickson has left the club by mutual consent.
Dickson was appointed as first team manager following the conclusion of the 2018/19 National League season after previously coaching the Heed’s reserve side to a respectable mid-table finish in the Northern Alliance Premier Division.
After a successful spell in junior football, Dickson was appointed as reserve team manager in January 2019 and – alongside assistant manager Simon Johnson – helped the Gateshead youngsters’ move away from the foot of the table as they ended the campaign in 10th place.
After Ben Clark was relieved of his duties as manager in April, Dickson was announced as the Heed legend’s replacement by former Gateshead owner Dr Ranjan Varghese.
The final week of May saw Neil Pinkerton and Trevor Clark take over from Varghese at Gateshead Football Club as preparations got underway for the 2019/20 season in the National League North.
And the new owners have been able to reach an agreement for Gateshead and Dickson to part company with immediate effect.
The decision was made in the best interests of all parties and Gateshead Football Club wishes to thank Dave for his service during what was a very turbulent period.
A new management team is expected to be confirmed in the coming days.
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