Gateshead have rewarded manager Neil Aspin and assistant-manager Lee Nogan for their impressive start to the campaign by extending their contracts at the club until June 2018.

The duo arrived at the International Stadium in November last year, following the heed aspindepartures of Malcom Crosby and Gary Owers.

And as they prepared for their first full season in charge of the club they oversaw a major overhaul of the Gateshead squad.

A long list of players including club stalwarts James Curtis and Jamie Chandler departed the club, with new faces arriving on a regular basis.

Wrexham trio Jamal Fyfield, Wes York and Manny Smith were just some of the players to come through the door at the International Stadium and the changes are looking to have paid off.

With four games gone in the National League season, the Heed sit second in the table after winning three of their games.

Only Gary Brabin’s Tranmere Rovers can boast a better record this season, winning all four of their games so far.

Last Saturday saw Forest Green Rovers hand the Tyneside outfit their first defeat of the season but they bounced back in the best possible fashion, inflicting a 6-1 defeat on York City on just three days later.

Now, with new deals signed, chairman Richard Bennett believes that Aspin and Nogan can knuckle down and focus on the job in hand.

He said: “I am thrilled to secure the services of Neil and Lee until June 2018.

“They are an integral part of the club, as well as the club`s development.

“We are busy building a squad for the future, and feel it is imperative that the management team know they are contracted for the same length of time as the players.

“Our working relationship is very solid, and we believe this will bring a sense of stability to the club”.

The Heed will hope to carry on their impressive start to the season when they travel to Bromley on Saturday.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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