Mark Scott appointed coach

South Shields are pleased to confirm the appointment of Mark Scott as first-team coach.

Scott will work with manager Jon King as part of his backroom staff, and is returning to a club he spent a season playing for in the 1990s.

The former defender has been part of well-respected management teams at Billingham Town and Billingham Synthonia, and is now looking forward to the challenge ahead at Mariners Park.

The UEFA A Licence-qualified coach said: “I can’t wait to get started, really.

“These are really exciting times for the whole club and the town.

“The plans for the club itself and the ground, and our plans for what is going to happen on the pitch, are really exciting.

“I was here for one season as a player when I left Gateshead, and I was attracted by the club then.

“It has always been a massive club with a great following – we always had good crowds in those days – and we actually had a good team.

“For whatever reason, it didn’t quite click that season, but I enjoyed my time here and have recognised a few familiar faces since I came back.

“I’ve had a little bit of a nice break since leaving Billingham Synthonia, and I’ve enjoyed that, but I’m chomping at the bit now and can’t wait to get going again.”

*You can catch a full video interview with Mark Scott on Monday, when he will talk about his thoughts on the players signed so far this summer, his football philosophy and the specifics of his role at the club*