South Shields have categorically denied that they may be merging with Gateshead.
Reports had linked the Evo-Stik North champions with a merger with their neighbours Gateshead, who are seeking new ownership, but the club has flatly denied those rumours. Gateshead will be two divisions above Shields next season, but the Mariners have been making rapid progress since Geoff Thompson’s takeover, with three successive promotions and titles.
A club statement said:
‘The club wishes to clarify its position following rumours which have accelerated online and in the print media over recent days.
There is no prospect of the club merging with Gateshead FC this summer, nor has this avenue been suggested or explored.
Everyone at South Shields FC is looking ahead to another exciting campaign next season in the Evo-Stik Premier Division and thanks all supporters for their continued backing.
The club wishes to make no further comment on this matter.