Bogie era over at Gateshead

10/12/2012, by Jeff Bowron

Gateshead have tonight announced that manager Ian Bogie and assistant Terry Mitchell have been relieved of their duties at the club.

Chairman Graham Wood broke the news to the pair at this evening's Central League reserves fixture against Chesterfield.

The Tynesiders have won only three of their last 16 games and have slipped to 14th in the Blue Square Bet Premier, their lowest placing of the season.

Bogie has been at Gateshead since summer 2006, originally as assistant manager, and led the club to back-to-back promotions and into the Conference top flight.

Mitchell joined the club in 2010 from Hartlepool United where he had been a youth coach having previously been a manager in the local Northern League.


Ian Bogie and Terry Mitchell


"It was a difficult decision to make because Ian has taken us from the UniBond premier division to where we are today," said Wood.

"The expectations at the start of the season, however, were to reach the play-offs and I believe it is still possible if we took action now.

"We have good players at the club and needed to turn the situation around before it is too late. Now is the right time to make a change at the top.

"There is still plenty to play for in both the league and the FA Trophy and bringing in a new manager with new ideas will freshen things up and help to get us back on track.

"I would like to thank Ian and Terry for their considerable efforts during their time at the club and wish them well in the future."

Former Sunderland left back Anth Smith has been put in charge of team affairs while the situation is assessed.

Smith has played a key role in the success of the Club's reserve and youth sides this season.

"I rate Anth very highly," added Wood "His analysis of games is impressive. I admire his approach and he has a bright future in the game."

. There will be further updates on the managerial situation at the Club as it develops over the coming days.


Ian Bogie