Highly-rated coach Davy Bell has returned to Wearside League outfit Jarrow – with a mission to get them promoted to the Northern League.
Bell has returned to the Perth Green outfit after an absence of almost four years, and will head up a new management structure with Peter Kirkham.
Bell was boss at Jarrow for five years before stepping down in 2011, with his No 2 Kirkham taking the reins.
Bell remained at the club to assist Kirkham, before leaving and eventually joining Northern League outfit Hebburn Town as assistant manager to close friend Scott Oliver.
But he has now decided to return to Jarrow and will manage the side with Kirkham moving down to be his No 2 again.
The club hopes it will help them push on to success, with the duo having guided Jarrow to runners-up spot in the Wearside League in their last spell together.
Kirkham said: “Jarrow FC and myself are delighted to announce that Davy Bell will be rejoining the club as team manager, with me moving to assistant manager.
“With my commitments playing in the over-40s, I’ve struggled to get to games at the meeting times and Davy’s return is just what the lads need. His UEFA B coaching qualifications will also bring the very best out of the players, as well as his unbelievable enthusiasm for the game, and for Jarrow.
“When myself and chairman Jimmy Kane got a sniff that there was the possibility of Davy maybe being interested, we did everything in our power to get him back as quick as humanly possible.
“Davy’s goal, as it was in his first spell at the club, is to get Jarrow promoted to the Northern League for the first time in the club’s history.”
Bell will have the chance to say goodbye to the Hebburn squad tomorrow when his new team take on his old side in a friendly at Clegwell School on the 4G artificial pitch.
The game has been set up to give players from both sides a much-needed run-out after the recent cancellation of fixtures because of the weather.
Hebburn’s Northern League Division Two home game against Ryton & Crawcrook Albion, scheduled for tonight, has been postponed, as has Jarrow’s trip to Stockton Town in the League Cup.
Hebburn boss Oliver, meanwhile, has moved quickly to replace Bell with Chris Thompson being appointed as his assistant.
“Dave is a great loss to everyone at the club but he wants to manage again and I understand that,” said Oliver.
“He is a great friend and will remain so.
“We will all miss him but that’s football.
“Chris started with me and Davy at the club, but was always fighting with work to be available. He has no such worries now.
“Chris, like Davy, is very good at what he does.
“We have arranged a friendly at Clegwell on the astro against Jarrow which will give Davy a chance to say goodbye to the players.”
Elsewhere in the Wearside League, Boldon CA are scheduled to face Ashbrooke Belford House, but the game is unlikely to be played after the incessant rain over the last week.
And in the Northern League, Jarrow Roofing called their game off yesterday with no chance of their pitch being playable.
Roofing were supposed to entertain Norton & Stockton Ancients.