Former Gateshead captain and manager Ben Clark is to return to the club.
Clark will take a coaching role within the academy setup, alongside current coach Matty Pattison. It is a position Clark held with the club before becoming first-team manager in January 2019.
The defender spent six years with Gateshead as a player, racking up 280 appearances and going on to captain the club in the 2014 Conference play-off final at Wembley. The 36-year-old, who has most recently worked with Newcastle United Foundation, will also be taking up a role as community officer with Gateshead FC Foundation.
“I’ve spoken to Busted (assistant manager Ian Watson) a lot since I left the football club and I just think it seems a lot more stable,” Clark told gateshead-fc.com. “The affiliation I had with the club beforehand, I love the club.”
“It was a project I did before I got the manager’s job and I loved my job when I did it. That’s the main reason I’ve come back, to try and produce more players for the first team.”