Gary Mills Unveiled As New Gateshead Manager
Gary Mills is the new Gateshead manager and the 51-year-old's first game in charge will be against Hereford United at the International Stadium on Saturday.
Mills, one of the top managers in non-league football, ended York City's eight-year spell out of the Football League when he took the Minstermen to promotion via the Conference play-offs in 2011/12 - his first full season at the club.
In an unprecedented week for the Bootham Crescent outfit Mills followed FA Trophy glory at Wembley one weekend with promotion the next after a play-off final win over Luton Town at the same venue.
Mills, who won the Conference North title in his second spell at Tamworth in 2009, has also gained managerial non-league experience at Grantham Town, Kings' Lynn and Alfreton Town.
The Northampton-born former midfielder has also managed in the Football League at Notts County and at York and was first team coach at Coventry City in 2002.
Mills, who has signed a 12 month rolling contract, will be assisted at Gateshead by former Notts County team-mate David Rush who reverts to his previous role as assistant-manager.
"Gary Mills was my first choice as manager," said Gateshead chairman Graham Wood "there was a lot of interest in the job but he has a proven track record and was the stand out candidate.
"He did a magnificent job at York City and I was impressed with what he had to say and his vision for the club when we met up for discussions.
"To get York back into the Football League having won the FA Trophy a week earlier was a tremendous achievement and he also did a fine job to get promotion at Tamworth.
"He is very keen to make an impression at Gateshead and I am confident he will get the best out of the players and take the club forward."
As a player Mills was capped by England at Schoolboy, Under 18 and Under 21 level and began his career under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest.
He was a member of Forest's European Cup winning squad and also had two spells at city neighbours Notts County.
It was at another Midlands club, Leicester City, that Mills made the biggest impact making almost 250 appearances during five years at Filbert Street.
His professional career ended in 1996 back at Notts County and he then went on to play for a number of non-league clubs.
Mills, who left York in March, has recharged the batteries and is delighted to be back in the game at Gateshead.
"I've always liked the way Gateshead play their football, which is very much my philosophy, and I'm excited and absolutely delighted to get the job.
"The chairman, Graham Wood, wanted me as manager, to come in and make the club a success, and I'll be doing all I can to do that.
"The meetings with the chairman went very well. I had a look around the area and everything seemed right. The people are very friendly and welcoming and I'm delighted to be Gateshead manager.
"There are good players at the club. I'll be putting my own stamp on the side and it's important everyone works hard and there is a hunger for success.
"Everyone connected with the club has to pull in the same direction as we all want the same goal.
"The players need to have a smile on their faces and enjoy the challenge ahead which starts against Hereford United on Saturday."
The recruitment of Mills is a departure for Gateshead for whom only one of their 13 managers since 1990 has been recruited from outside the North East, Merseysider John Carroll in 1997.
Of the 13 managers ten were native North Easterners while Irishmen Tommy Cassidy and Jim Platt lived in the region having previously played for Newcastle United and Middlesbrough respectively.