Former Newcastle United, Millwall, Brentford, York City and Hartlepool United midfielder Paul Stephenson has been appointed as Lee Clark’s assistant manager at Blyth Spartans.

Stephenson, 51, joins after leaving Middlesbrough Under-23s in the summer and joins Clark for a fourth time – having been a part of his coaching staff at both Huddersfield Town, Kilmarnock and Blackpool.

The midfielder enjoyed a fruitful career as a professional footballer – making over 500 appearances before turning his attention to coaching.

After a brief spell as caretaker manager at Hartlepool after his playing days were over Stephenson moved to Norwich to join Glenn Roeder as first-team coach in 2007, leaving when Roeder departed in 2009.


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