Graham Fenton has left his role as North Shields manager and has been appointed as joint-manager of the Robins’ Northern League rivals South Shields.
The move was announced on Monday evening, with Fenton bringing an end to a highly successful spell in charge of the North Tyneside club.
The former Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers midfielder was appointed as Robins boss in April 2012 and led the club to promotion into Northern League’s top tier in the 2013/14 season.
Just twelve months on from their promotion the Fenton and his sides provided their supporters with one of the greatest days in their history.
A 2-1 Wembley win over Glossop North End ensured that the Robins brought the FA Vase back to North Tyneside and in the process became the first club to win both the Vase and
the FA Amateur Cup.
Goals from Gareth Bainbridge and Adam Forster helped the Robins overturn a 1-0 half-time deficit to continue the Northern League’s fine tradition in the competition.
The success continued in the 2015/16 season as Fenton led the club to a 5th place finish in the Northern League Division One table and secured another trophy with a 4-3 Northumberland Senior Cup Final win over Blyth Spartans.
After six games of the current season North Shields are currently unbeaten and sit level on points with three other clubs at the top of the Northern League table.
Now Fenton has chosen to accept a job offer from South Shields, where he will become joint-manager alongside Lee Picton.
In an emotional statement posted on the North Shields website Fenton hailed the Robins supporters for their “magnificent” support and paid tribute to his players and coaching staff.
The statement read “I would like to express my gratitude to Alan, Mike, Trevor and all the committee members at North Shields FC for giving me the opportunity to manage a club with such a great history. I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey we have been on together over the past four and a half years. The memories I will take with me will stay forever.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the NSFC supporters who have been magnificent over this period. Not only have they followed the team all over the country but have managed to raise lots of money for the club, some charities and also people in the local community who have benefitted from their kindness. Ultras, keep up the good work!
Thank you to all the players who have given their full commitment and effort in pursuit of success. I can honestly say that they are a credit to the club, not only as football players but more importantly as tremendous people to be around. I know I have made some friends for life.
Thanks to Bowsa, Big Bri, Wilf, Mickey, Macca and all the staff who have made my job easier over the years. Their contribution to the club can never be underestimated.
I am looking forward to the next chapter in my managerial career across the river at South Shields FC. I am really excited at the opportunity which has been presented to me, and as I have at North Shields, I will be giving it everything I’ve got to make it succeed.
Hopefully I will be welcome back at North Shields FC in the future and I might even come to watch some games from the Curva Nord.
From the bottom of my heart I wish everyone at NSFC every success for the future.
Fenton will face his old side for the first time on Saturday 5th November when North Shields travel to Mariners Park.