David Mitchell and Rachel Sarginson have been appointed as directors of South Shields Football Club.
David joins as Commercial Director, having held the role of Corporate Sales Manager at Durham County Cricket Club for the last three years.
Rachel, who was appointed by the club in May 2017, has now moved into a new role as Operations Director.
Managing Director Michael Orr and fellow director Stephanie Smith have both left the club, and we would like to thank both for their tremendous efforts during their time at Mariners Park.
SSFC Chairman Geoff Thompson said: “I would like to thank both Mike and Stephanie for their invaluable contribution during these first few years for the club back in South Shields.
“I also want to formally welcome both Rachel and David and look forward to working with them as we continue to progress.
“They will work closely with Graham Fenton, Lee Picton, Gary Crutwell and the committee to ensure the club prospers.”
Before taking up his role at Durham County Cricket Club, David had overseen Sunderland AFC’s matchday commercial department for seven years.
He is also experienced in grassroots football coaching, having worked with Monkton Juniors, the Foundation of Light and Hebburn Town Juniors.
David, from South Shields, said: “The opportunity to work for my hometown club was just too good to turn down.
“This club is really at the start of something big, and I want to be there to help it rise through the divisions, with the ultimate aim of reaching the Football League.
“I want to bring my 10 years of experience of working for professional sports clubs to SSFC, to increase revenue by bringing in new sponsors and partnerships.”
Rachel, meanwhile, is a Business Management graduate and holds a BA Honours Degree from Teesside University.
She has worked for SSFC Chairman Geoff Thompson for the past five years as his Personal Assistant at Utilitywise Plc.
Prior to that, she worked within Carillion Energy Services – formerly known as Eaga Plc – as PA to the Managing Director of Clean Energy for seven years.
Rachel holds a great deal of experience from previous roles, which she hopes will benefit the club moving forward.
She said: “I am very excited by the South Shields FC story, and am delighted to be part of a club with major ambition to move forward in the years to come.”
Rachel will oversee the club following the departures of Michael Orr and Stephanie Smith, and has joined the committee meetings for the last four months to ensure she is fully up-to-date with current activities.
The club strongly condemns some of the scenes witnessed during and after Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Gateshead at Mariners Park.
Much hard work has been undertaken to make Mariners Park a family-friendly place to watch football, and it is extremely disappointing that any incident of this nature has occurred.
Following the incident which occurred during the game, South Shields FC chairman Geoff Thompson and other club officials had dialogue with both sets of supporters who were involved, and believed that the matter was resolved.
However, after the final whistle there was regrettably a further incident.
The club will not tolerate behaviour of this kind, and if anyone – whether they are home or away supporters – is seen to be causing distress to others at any game they will be evicted from the ground, with the potential for a banning order to follow.
The vast majority of a superb crowd of 1,449 behaved impeccably on Saturday and we would like to thank them for their magnificent support.
Following the game, Mr Thompson and his son Callum – who were due to travel back to Newcastle via Metro following the game – offered to walk with Gateshead supporters to Bede Metro station to reduce the prospect of any further problems and calm the situation.
The Thompsons were invited by the supporters to a bar in Gateshead, where they spoke further and agreed that the clubs have had a positive relationship in the past and it is important it stays that way.
SSFC will work closely with the police to make sure there is no recurrence of these incidents and that Mariners Park remains a positive, family-friendly venue to watch football.
Thank you for your continued backing and assistance.
South Shields FC can confirm that striker David Foley has left the club to join Spennymoor Town.
David was offered a contract to stay with South Shields on improved terms, and the club did everything within its reasonable power to keep him.
Losing a player of David’s quality is something we very much wished to prevent, but it ultimately proved to be unavoidable.
David himself has indicated that he would like the opportunity to compete at a higher level with Spennymoor in National League North, and we wish him well in his future endeavours.
We would also like to thank him for all of his terrific efforts over the last two years, and the role he has played in helping the club to back-to-back promotions, and five trophies.