Bogie signs new deal

02/05/2012, by Jeff Bowron

Gateshead manager Ian Bogie, and assistant Terry Mitchell, have had their contracts extended after another season of progress at the International stadium.

The pair have signed one-year extensions after Gateshead finished 8th last season and reached the quarter-final of the FA Trophy and 2nd round of the FA Cup.

Bogie joined Gateshead in 2006 as assistant to Tony Lee but took over as caretaker-manager for the final 12 games - all unbeaten - of the 2006/7 UniBond premier division campaign.

Handed the job on a permanent basis the former Newcastle United, Preston, Port Vale and Millwall midfielder then led Gateshead to consecutive promotions.

After surviving as a part-time club in their first season back in the Conference top flight the Tynesiders turned full-time in 2010.

A 14th place finish in 2010/11 was bettered by six places this season, the Heed in with a shout of the play-offs until the final week.


Terry Mitchell and Ian Bogie


"I'm delighted to be starting a 6th season as Gateshead manager when the 2012/13 campaign gets underway in August," said Bogie.

"I've really enjoyed my time at the club. The back-to-back promotions were great and the league placing has been and attendances have improved each year.

"Gateshead are a good club, the top non-league club in the North East, with a proud history, and the ultimate aim has always been to get back into the Football League.

"Every season gets harder and next season will be no exception. The professional squad has been trimmed to 18 and we'll have ten YTS apprentices for the first time.

"We'll be looking to blood some of them into the senior squad and it's also a big season for young players like James Marwood, Nathan Fisher and Josh Gillies.

"They all have talent but need to kick on next season and perform on a consistent level.

"There have been a lot of changes. All clubs need to cut their cloth accordingly and while the nucleus of the squad is strong we'll be looking to bring in in some quality additions."

Bogie released 11 players earlier this week and paid tribute to them all, and in particular long serving pair Craig Baxter and Kris Gate.

"Telling players they are no longer part of your plans is one of the hardest part of management and Monday was a difficult day.

"I have moved players on with a heavy heart. All of them contributed at some stage during the season and I thank them for their efforts.

"It was particularly hard to say farewell to Baxter and Gate. They have spent six and five years respectively at Gateshead and have been great servants to the club.

"They were integral parts of our promotion campaigns and stabilising the club in the Conference Premier, and are both good characters.

"It wasn't easy letting them go as their contribution to the cause has been excellent but I am paid to make difficult decisions.

"The hard work now starts to attract more quality players to the club so that we can make further progress next season and hopefully make the play-offs."