EBAC Northern League club South Shields have announced the appointment of former Sunderland defender Martin Scott as assistant manager.
Scott has managerial experience in the Football League an eight month spell in with Hartlepool United during the 2005/06 season.
During that stay he led the Victoria Park club to within eight minutes of a promotion to the second tier of English football for the first time in their history.
However, Pools hopes were shattered as Sheffield Wednesday snatched a late equaliser before going on to win the 2005 League One play-off final in injury-time.
He spent time with Rotherham United and Bristol City during his playing career, which ended with a four year stay at Sunderland in 1998.
Scott wrote his name into the history books after scoring Sunderland’s final Wear-Tyne derby goal (pictured below left) at the Black Cats’ former Roker Park home in a 2-1 defeat against local rivals Newcastle United.
His coaching career has seen him take up roles as Middlesbrough’s Under 18’s coach and reserve team manage and at Barnsley as First Team Coach under David Fliftcroft.
Now he will move to the ambitious Mariners to assist joint-managers Graham Fenton and Lee Picton.
Speaking to the club’s official website Picton said: “Martin is a fantastic addition to the backroom staff.
“He has so much experience in the game, having been first-team manager at Hartlepool and on the coaching staff at Barnsley.
“He’s also a UEFA Pro Licence coach, and hugely respected for his work in the game.
“We’re thoroughly looking forward to working with Martin going forward.”
Scott watched his new team beat West Allotment Celtic 5-1 at Mariners Park on Tuesday, as they maintained the pressure on Northern League leaders North Shields.
Scott will replace the departing Gary Middleton alongside Fenton and Picton in the South Shields dugout.
Picton commented on Middleton’s departure saying “I was aware Gary’s departure may happen a couple of weeks ago, because he said he had been thinking about it because of his increased work commitments and told us so that we could put the wheels in motion if he was to step down.”
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)