Gateshead confirm Ian Bogie as full time manager
Gateshead have confirmed that Ian Bogie will become the club's first full-time professional manager for half a century ahead of the 2010 /11 campaign.
Bogie, who has masterminded consecutive promotions and kept Gateshead in the Blue Square Premier this season, has accepted a two year contract.
The club has also confirmed it will be switching to a full time squad for the 2010-11 season but Bogie will have to bring in a new right hand man.
Neither Jeff Wrightson or Paul Thompson, both Gateshead stalwarts, have been able to switch from a part-time to full-time role.
Both were offered new deals but could not give up their current employment leaving Bogie to find a replacement.
Around 14 of the 26 man squad that finished the season will be offered professional contracts and chairman Graham Wood is delighted that Bogie will be able to extend his four year stay at the International Stadium.
"The board of directors have ratified the decision to make the club full time next season," said Wood "and we are delighted that Ian has accepted a two year full time contract to remain as manager of Gateshead.
"He did brilliantly to achieve promotion in each of his first two years as manager and, while last season was difficult, managed to keep the club in the Blue Square Premier.
"Our quest is to take Gateshead back into the Football League and hopefully Ian will be the man to take us there.
"Mid-table respectability is the minimum target next season and the aim is to finish in the top half.
"With the extra benefit of full time training and everything that goes with that, along with Ian's ability and knowledge gained from this season, we have to be optimistic.
"It is regrettable that Jeff Wrightson and Paul Thompson will not be able to make the step up and we thank them for their major contribution to Gateshead Football Club over the years.
"We are now working on a playing budget and the players to be offered contracts and those who will not, will be identified and notified in due course.
"Regarding new blood there are already names in the frame and others will be identified as it is important we bring the right quality of player to the club."
Bogie, who has worked without a contract in each of his three years as manager at Gateshead, having spent his first year as coach under Tony Lee, is thrilled to be tasked with the opportunity to continue the progress already made.
"I have been in football all my life so to become a full time manager is a natural progression, and for it to be at Gateshead is an added bonus," said Bogie.
"It is a new challenge for me and the club and it is one we are looking forward to as it is the opportunity to compete on an even keel with the majority of the other clubs in the Blue Square Premier.
"The four clubs that finished below us in the table, including Chester City, were all full time outfits and there is only one way we can go now - upwards.
"Training every day means we will be fitter and stronger. It should also be easier to attract players to a full time club though the budget will be realistic."
Bogie was also quick to pay tribute to his right hand men, Wrightson and Thompson.
"While we needed to become full time to progress the downside is that we have lost two loyal servants who were fantastic ambassadors for Gateshead Football Club.
"Jeff and Thommo have been pivotal to our success. It will be strange when they are not in the dug out and dressing room next season and I will miss them.
"But these things happen in football and we have to move on. Bringing in a right hand man will be my first priority and hopefully the void will be filled quickly."