Good luck Kev!

The club would like to wish Kevin Bolam all the very best of luck in his new role with Newcastle United.

Kevin has accepted a job working as an assistant recruitment officer at the academy of the Premier League club.

Regrettably, this means he will not be able to continue his role as coach of South Shields’ Under-18s side – with whom he achieved incredible success over the years – or as chairman of the club’s youth section.

However, he will always treasure the memories of his hugely successful time with the Mariners, and the Under-18s players – some of whom he was worked with since they were just six.

The team was initially known as Whiteleas before becoming part of South Shields FC at Under-14s level.

Kevin said: “I’d like to extend thanks to everyone I have worked with, from players to parents and staff.

“I have had an incredible time with the club and the team, and I’ve loved every minute of it.

“The players deserve all the recognition for their achievements over the years.

“An opportunity came up with Newcastle which I couldn’t turn down in the end, but it wasn’t an easy decision.

“Huge thanks to the chairman, Gary Crutwell, for getting me involved with the club, and to the first-team manager, Jon King, for involving me on the coaching side with the senior squad several times this season.

“I will still help out in any way that I can, but my new role does not allow me to continue in the same capacity I have now.

“As for the Under-18s, I’ve left them in good hands, and I’m sure they’ll go on to have more great success in the future.”

The club’s chairman, Gary Crutwell, said: “Kevin has done a great job since forming the junior section of the club with Martin Urwin.

“The success he has had with his team has been fantastic over the years.

“We’d like to wish him good luck for the future, and we’ll certainly be staying in touch.

“I hope he is very successful in his new job.”

Following the departure of Kevin, Dave Simpson will now take over the coaching of the Under-18s team, with support from Gavin Bainbridge and Mark Simpson, and secretarial support from Scott Davidson.

Kevin added: “Dave has coached numerous age groups over the years, and is familiar with this age group.

“All the lads have agreed to stay on in principle, and targets have already been put in place for next season’s playing squad.”