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Friday, May 01, 2020

Nelson Confirmed As Manager Of Blyth Spartans

Michael Nelson has been confirmed as new manager of Blyth Spartans. He joined the club two months ago but his appointment has now been made permanent.

Nelson's footballing career including time at Bury, Hartlepool United, Norwich City, Scunthorpe, Kilmarnock, Bradford City, Hibernian, Cambridge and Barnet.

Club chairman Tony Platten welcomed the appointment but warned that Nelson would have a reduced budget next season.

"Micky has a wealth of experience at all levels of football. He has already started work on the squad he would like for next season.

"He is aware that the budget he has to work with is significantly lower than previous seasons because of the severe financial situation that exists.

"To survive, we will need the continued support of all our regular fans and business sponsors. We will be communicating with sponsors over the coming weeks but it will be difficult to engage until we have some certainty as to when matches will commence.

"Pre-season friendlies are a good source of early income but it is highly likely that with a late start these might be reduced.

"It is highly likely that the season will be compressed, with a late start and two games a week being played. This again will not be good for revenue, since midweek games are naturally not as well-attended as Saturday games. Both these factors will have a severe impact on income."