Former Swansea City and Wales midfielder John Cornforth is the new assistant manager at Evo-Stik Northern Premier League club Blyth Spartans.

The 48-year-old was named as successor to Lee Picton as manager Tom Wade’s number two on Monday afternoon.blyth-spartans

Cornforth also played for the likes of Sunderland and Birmingham City and went on to win two Wales caps along the way before a cruciate ligament injury ended his playing career in 2001.

After his playing career ended he managed Exeter, Newport County and Torquay United.

Speaking to the Spartans website he admitted that he couldn’t wait to return to the Croft Park touchline after a short spell with the Northumberland club in 2012.

“I’m delighted to be back at Blyth. I needed to get back into football after a break following working as a coach in Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

“Once Tom asked me for a chat it was only ever going to be with Blyth for me. I’ve kept in touch with Tom and I know we’re on the same wave length as each over. He’s done an unbelievable job over the past few years and I can’t wait to help out.

“I know a lot of the players and they are great lads. I know we’ve lost a couple of players but having Stephen Turnbull back is huge. He’s my type of player. I too was a play-making central midfielder.

“Off the pitch there’s so much happening like the new 3G surface, and the media team who do such a lot seem be being regularly poached by other clubs – maybe they should be on contracts! In addition, I understand there will be news soon on the commercial side and the pitch is looking superb.”

“Blyth is a proper football club, steeped in history and I’ve always received a tremendous welcome whenever I’ve been back. It’s all looking good and I’m hoping that we can go one better this season than we achieved last time round.”

Wade told the club’s fans he was delighted to be reunited with Cornforth for the upcoming 2016-17 season. He added: “It’s brilliant news having John back with us. He’s got such a wealth of experience and will add so much to the club.”


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