By Anth Elliott
Blyth Spartans AFC can confirm that Assistant Manager Graeme Coulson has left the club to join Newcastle United’s Academy staff.
Coulson joined the club as part of manager Terry Mitchell’s coaching staff having been part of the gaffer’s backroom team at Consett AFC.
While at Consett, he helped Mitchell to guide the club to the 2020 FA Vase Final at Wembley.
He joins Newcastle United’s Academy to coach the U15s side, with his schedule now meaning he is unfortunately unable to continue his role at Spartans.
Speaking to the club website Coulson had this to say, “It was a privilege and I am very proud to have had the opportunity to represent Blyth Spartans Football Club.
I have watched Spartans play since I was five years old and the same familiar faces are still around the ground, which shows the passion and love they have for the club.”
He said of the staff and squad: “The relationship I have built with the lads is special to me. Good footballers and great human beings who all want to achieve success together with Blyth.
A big thanks to Peter the groundsman who looked after me, he has a heart of gold.
And last but not least a special mention to the fans, it doesn’t matter where we’ve played, what time kick-off was or how far we had to travel, you would be there in numbers. Absolutely fantastic.”
He added: “Good luck for the upcoming season and Howay Blyth!”
Upon the confirmation of Coulson’s departure Mitchell said: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to Graeme for all his hard work since we’ve been together.
I’ve got massive respect for him, both as a coach and as a person. He’s a top coach tactically and technically with excellent people skills and was hugely popular with the lads.”
Mitchell added, “I’d like to extend a massive congratulations on his new role, myself and everyone else at the club wish him all the very best for the future.”
The club would like to echo the manager by thanking Graeme for his hard work and in wishing him the very best for the future.