Blyth Spartans have announced the departure of manager Lee Clark and assistant Paul Stephenson.

Former Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City boss Clark was appointed in June last year but has endured a very difficult season at the helm. Spartans are currently six points adrift in the relegation zone of the National League North.

A brief club statement this afternoon reads:

It is with regret that Blyth Spartans announce that manager Lee Clark and assistant Paul Stephenson have left the club by mutual consent.

We would like to thank Lee and Paul for all their efforts and professionalism during their time at the club.

Michael Nelson will take charge of team affairs for the remainder of this season.