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Jarrow will thrive despite management change

STEPPING DOWN ... Dave Bell.
STEPPING DOWN ... Dave Bell.

JARROW will have their third manager in charge in three games tomorrow when they travel to Darlington Cleveland Bridge, writes ROSS GREGORY.

Duncan Donnelly takes the reins with Peter Kirkham and Davy Bell away on holiday.

It’s been a week of changes at the Perth Green club, with long-serving Bell stepping down as manager on Monday to be replaced by his assistant Kirkham.

Bell won’t leave the club, instead staying on to help Kirkham out in a role reversal from previous campaigns.

Having been in charge at Jarrow for five years, Bell just felt he needed to take a break from the daily burdens of being the No1 to recharge his batteries.

But he believes the Wearside League club has found the ‘perfect solution’ by appointing Kirkham as player-manager.

Bell said: “I’ve been in the job for five years and it’s been intense. I need to take a break.

“But what we will get is continuity with Peter. He will take the lead and I will be there to offer whatever help he needs.

“Peter will have his own ideas, but we’ve discussed most decisions together over the last few years anyhow.

“From my point of view, it’s the perfect solution.”

Bell has not ruled out becoming a manager again one day, but for the moment he’s more than happy to just take a back seat.

Jarrow have put together another good squad full of young players, and Bell is confident they will go from strength to strength, despite the change.

He added: “Jarrow is a really well-run club – the work that people like chairman Jimmy Kane do behind the scenes is brilliant.

“We’ve got a good crop of youngsters. I’ve had a lot of pleasure seeing lads come through, and I’m sure that will continue.”

Jarrow got off to a winning start under Kirkham’s guidance, beating Peterlee 2-0 on Wednesday night.

At the same time, Darlington CB were beating Boldon 2-1 to go second in the league, and Donnelly is expecting a tough test tomorrow.

He will be without Peter Kane and Brian Johnson, while Paul Terrell and Andy Wilkinson are injury doubts.

Donnelly said: “Darlington sit second in the league and have had a good start, so this will be a tough game.

“But if we can perform as we did on Wednesday against Peterlee, we should get something from the game.”

Elsewhere in the Wearside League, Boldon will be hoping to bounce back from their midweek when they travel to Redcar.