Further sackings have left Gateshead FC with just three remaining employees.
The Tynesiders last Friday confirmed the addition of Nigel Harrop and Trevor Clark to the board of directors, with the official line that the club would remain up for sale. Over the weekend, general manager Alisha Henry was sacked by owner/chairman Dr Ranjan Varghese by text.
Assistant manager Ian Watson, midfielder/kit manager JJ O’Donnell and club therapist Annie Davis have now also been told their services are no longer required. It leaves the Heed, who finished just outside the Vanarama National League play-offs this season despite a transfer embargo for much of it, with just three employees – manager Ben Clark, defender Scott Barrow and press officer Dominic Scurr.
Left-back Barrow’s contract runs until the end of June and it is expected that the remaining employees will also be let go in the near future. The concern for the future of the club rumbles on, with former Rochdale chairman Chris Dunphy’s attempts at a takeover so far unsuccessful.
The Heed had been recently taken in by neighbours Hebburn Town and allowed to train at the club and use their facilities, after unpaid council bills left them not permitted to use the Gateshead International Stadium.