EBAC Northern League club South Shields have parted company with manager Jon King.

The Mariners currently sit in third position in the Northern League’s top tier after their 4-2 home win over Whitley Bay, although they are on the same number of points as leaders Shildon, second place North Shields and fourth place Sunderland RCA.south shields

King oversaw an impressive summer of work in the transfer market, with the likes of Gateshead duo Craig Baxter and John Shaw and Spennymoor Town striker Gavin Cogdon all joining the club.

That came on the back of a promotion into Northern League Division One, with the ambitious Mariners looking to make their way quickly through the non-league pyramid.

Now they have decided to part company with King, a decision they called “incredibly difficult”, although they did concede that they fealt the decision was neccassary.

The club’ statement in full read “The club can confirm that it has made the incredibly difficult decision to part company with manager Jon King.

Everyone at the club would like to thank Jon for his magnificent efforts since taking over from Gary Steadman in October 2011.

Jon’s passion and commitment to his hometown club over the last five years could never be questioned, and last season he led his team to the Northern League Division Two title.

In all, he took charge of the Mariners for 256 games, while before his spell as manager, he was involved in the backroom staff under Steadman.

With all of that in mind, it is with a very heavy heart that the chairman and board of directors have decided to part company with Jon.

However, with the medium to long-term future in mind, the club felt that this course of action was necessary.

We would like to wish Jon every success for the future. He and his family will always be welcome at Mariners Park.

In the interim period, Lee Picton will take over the running of first-team affairs.

Further announcements will be made in due course”

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)

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