Blyth Spartans player-manager Michael Nelson has described his appointment as a ‘whirlwind’.

Nelson originally moved to Croft Park on a playing basis last week but will now take charge of first-team affairs following the departure of Lee Clark and Paul Stephenson earlier today.

It has been a somewhat crazy few weeks for Nelson, who was recently assistant manager to Graham Westley at League Two side Stevenage.

Nelson explained to “Blyth Spartans has got a lot of history and very passionate supporters. It’s something that I wasn’t expecting so soon – even at all.

“Paul got in touch when I left Stevenage and asked me to come in and help out on a playing basis.

“I went down to Stevenage and was looking forward to that but it didn’t last too long. Things have obviously developed massively since then so it’s been a bit of a whirlwind.

“What has transpired over the last day – it has all been a bit of a surprise. I am delighted to be manager but obviously disappointed for Paul and Lee.”

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