Smith Resignation Accepted

18/08/2013, by Jeff Bowron

Gateshead chairman Graham Wood has accepted manager Anth Smith's resignation tendered after Saturday's 2-1 defeat at home to Barnet.

Smith only took over the Gateshead hot seat in December when he replaced Ian Bogie and steered the club to a final placing of 17th in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

The former Sunderland defender had to contend with home games being staged away from Tyneside due to pitch problems at the International Stadium.

The Wearsider then brought in nine new players during a productive summer in the transfer market.

The opening three games of the season, however, brought defeats against Kidderminster Harriers, Grimsby Town and Barnet to leave Gateshead in the bottom four without a point.

The two home displays were particularly disappointing and Smith informed the players and chairman of his decision to stand down after the Barnet game on Saturday.


Anth Smith


After further talks on Sunday, Wood announced that he has accepted Smith's resignation.

"I am very disappointed that Anth decided to hand in his resignation just one week into the new season," said Wood "he did well in the summer and then had a good pre-season and there were high expectations.

"There is not a club better prepared or with better facilities than Gateshead, everything is spot on and first class and a strong squad has been assembled.

"You don't expect your manager to resign after three defeats in the first week of the season, but by offering his resignation his position as manager became untenable."

Smith's assistant and former Sunderland team-mate, David Rush, has been installed as caretaker-manager where he will be assisted by experienced midfielder Micky Cummins.

Rush will be in charge of the side for Saturday's trip to Southport.

"We are not going to rush into making a hasty appointment," added Wood "there is no need to as I'm comfortable with the strength of the off field staff.

"We have a good squad who are capable of better than they have shown in the first week of the season and we now have to move forward starting with a good display and result at Southport."

Smith will say his farewell to the players before training on Monday after just eight months in charge at Gateshead where his record was eight wins, seven draws and 14 defeats from 29 games.


Anth Smith