Steve Watson – Manager
Watson was appointed in his first managerial role at Gateshead in October 2017 after just over a year as assistant manager to John Askey at Macclesfield Town. The North East native is perhaps most notable for his playing career at the likes of Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Everton and West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League. When Watson made his Magpies’ debut against Wolves in 1990, he was the clubs youngest ever player at the time and went on to make over 250 appearances for his hometown club, helping them to consecutive runners-up finishes in the English top flight. An integral member of ‘The Entertainers’ squad, Watson was noted for his versatility and could play in almost any outfield position, wearing every starting number (2 to 11) at least once during his eight years at St. James’ Park. Although mostly played as a defender, Watson had an extended spell as a striker while at Everton and famously bagged a Premier League hat-trick against Leeds United in 2003.
Watson saw out his playing days in South Yorkshire with Sheffield Wednesday, hanging up his boots in 2009. From there he quickly moved into coaching – joining up with former United teammate Lee Clark at Huddersfield Town and later Birmingham City. In July 2016 he joined National League side Macclesfield Town before moving to Gateshead as manager the following season.
Micky Cummins – Assistant Manager
Cummins was placed in charge of the Heed’s re-formed reserve side ahead of the 2014-15 campaign, and guided the second-string to an impressive second-placed finish in the Final Third Development League’s East Division. He was then at the helm of the U19 side helping them to back-to-back promotions in the Northern Alliance. In October 2017, Cummins was put in caretaker charge of the first team before the appointment of now manager, Steve Watson. As a player, he turned out for Port Vale, Darlington, Grimsby Town, and – finally – Gateshead. A midfielder by trade, Cummins also represented the Republic of Ireland at U21 level.
Ben Clark – U19 Coach/Community Officer
The club’s reigning Player of the Year, Clark was a major signing for the Heed following his release from Hartlepool United in 2010. Born in Consett, the centre-half signed for Sunderland after leaving Manchester United as a teenager, going on to make a handful of appearances for the Black Cats at first-team level. A successful six-year spell with the Victoria Park outfit followed, before Clark linked up with Ian Bogie’s Gateshead. A virtual ever-present in 2015/16, Clark made almost 300 appearances for the Tynesiders in all competitions before his retirement from playing in September 2016. Since then he has become part of the coaching and community set-up at the club.