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Graham Fenton and Lee Picton appointed joint managers of club

Graham Fenton and Lee Picton have been appointed as joint managers of South Shields.

Lee steps up from his role as assistant manager at the club, while Graham joins following a hugely successful four-and-a-half-year spell in charge of North Shields.

At Daren Persson Stadium, Graham achieved promotion from Northern League Division Two and steered the Robins to two top-five finishes in Division One.

His North Shields side also memorably won the FA Vase at Wembley in 2015, while in his playing days, Graham was a much-respected professional with the likes of Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City.

Lee, meanwhile, won the FA Vase twice as a player with Whitley Bay, and returned for a second spell at South Shields in the summer following an impressive time at Blyth Spartans.

Reaction to the appointments will appear on the club’s website in the coming days.

In addition, the club can confirm that it is in ongoing dialogue with Jon King regarding a possible revised role within the club, and hopes an agreement can be reached.