Gateshead Football Club can confirm that Neil Aspin has left his managerial position at the club.
Aspin has been appointed as manager of League Two outfit Port Vale, a club where he made over 400 appearances as a player between 1989 and 1999.
The 52-year-old took charge of Gateshead in 2015 and since led them to 9th and 8th placed finishes in the National League.
In his 100 matches in charge of the Heed, Aspin’s record stood at 39 wins, 30 draws and 31 losses.
He was also named National League Manager of the Month in February 2017 as the Tynesiders mounted a play-off charge with six consecutive victories.
Following Aspin’s departure, Gateshead Chairman Richard Bennett commented: “Neil has left the club on very good terms.
“He’s an ambitious person and we couldn’t stand in his way of managing a Football League side where he is held in such high regard.
“There has been continued interest from club interested in acquiring Neil’s services as manager since he arrived at Gateshead almost two years ago.
“That is the calibre of manager he is and we will now look to ensure that we appoint a manager who is right for the club and matches our ambitions of reaching the Football League.
“Finally, we would like to thank Neil for his services for the club and wish him the very best for the future.”
Ahead of being appointed new Vale boss, Aspin said: “I’d like to thank Richard and Julie Bennett for giving me the opportunity to manage my hometown club.
“They have both been brilliant to work for and fully understood my reasons for leaving the club.
“It is only down to them both, that Gateshead is able to operate at this level and I really hope that they can get the success that they deserve.
“I’d also like to thank all of the players at the club and hope that they can all prosper and have successful careers.”