Former Sunderland defender Darren Williams and ex- Carlisle United player Steven Skinner have been confirmed as joint managers of Northern League club West Auckland Town
Skinner, who spent time with the County Durham club as a player and also had a spell as manager at the end of the 2014/15 season, left the club before the appointment of former manager Andy Campbell.
During his playing career he had spells with Queen of the South and Gretna, moving into management in 2014 with Celtic Nation.
He now returns to take charge of West Auckland alongside former Whitby Town manager Williams.
Thirty nine year old Williams had spells with the likes of York City, Bradford City and Hartlepool United during his playing career, although it is his time with Sunderland that he is best known.
Joining the Black Cats from York City in 1996, Williams went on to make over two hundred apperances for the Stadium of Light club.
During that time he scored the winning goal against hometown club Middlesbrough in a Tees-Wear derby in 1997 and played for the Black Cats at Wembley in a dramatic First Division play-off defeat against Charlton Athletic at Wembley in 1998.
Williams departed from Sunderland in Septemember 2004, making a temporary switch to Cardiff City.
That was made permanent three months later.
He then went on to play for the likes of Bradford City and Dundee, before moving into non-league football with Gateshead.
He ended his playing career at Whitby Town, eventually moving into management at the Turnbull Ground.
A five-year spell with the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League club ended in 2015 and he had a short spell with Northern League club Washington.
Now he joins Skinner as joint manager West Auckland Town, as they look to improve on a poor start to the season.
West currently sit bottom of the Northern League Division One table, with only three points from their first ten games of the season.
The pair will take charge for this weekend’s FA Vase home game against Padiham, with their first Northern League game coming with a midweek trip to North Shields.
The club also confirmed that Interim manager Mark Hudson will remain as first team coach as well as continuing with his playing career.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)