Kevin Phillips’ backroom team has been confirmed as South Shields’ new manager prepares for his first game at the helm. 

Phillips will be assisted by Jon Shaw and Wess Brown at 1st Cloud Arena, with Phil Naisbett and Andrew Morris to continue in their roles as goalkeeping coach and head of physiotherapy and medical respectively.

We can also today announce the departure of previous joint assistant manager Brian Smith, who has decided to bring his time at the club to an end.

Smith joined in January 2019 and dedicated three years of outstanding service to the Mariners.

Hugely popular with players, staff and supporters alike, Smith proved to be a vital part of the coaching staff during his time at the club and will be hugely missed by all concerned.

We would like to thank him for his excellent contribution and wish him all the best moving forwards.

Brian and his family will always be welcome at 1st Cloud Arena.

South Shields forward Joao Gomes has been ruled out for the start of the season as he prepares to undergo knee surgery.

Gomes – who signed his first senior contract with the club this summer – experienced pain in his knee during pre-season and after a scan, it was decided that an operation would be the best course of action with the player’s long-term fitness in mind.

The 18-year-old is set to go under the knife this month, with his potential return to match action pencilled in for November.

We wish Joao all the very best with his recovery programme with club physiotherapist Andrew Morris.

South Shields striker Carl Finnigan suffered suspected concussion after a collision with Hyde United goalkeeper Peter Crook in Saturday’s game at Mariners Park.

Finnigan took an accidental knee to the head in the seventh minute of the match, and after eight minutes of treatment was stretchered off.

An ambulance was called for at 3.10pm, and arrived to take the 31-year-old to hospital at 5.35pm.

The first on the scene to treat Finnigan was Shields physio Andrew Morris.

He said: “Carl was unconcious for about one-and-a-half minutes, and had swallowed his tongue.

“We had to rectify that situation first, and then fortunately I received assistance from Hyde’s physio and others while I was holding his airway open.

“Hyde’s physio supported Carl’s neck, because we couldn’t rule out a neck injury at that stage, and we got him into the recovery position.

“Carl came round, started communicating and opened his eyes, and we were then able to stretcher him off.

“He was later in and out of conciousness in the treatment room, and he now just needs to be checked over at hospital as he’s suffering from some short-term memory loss. He can’t remember anything after 2pm on Saturday.

“When he was leaving the ground, he was talking and alert, and hopefully I’ll be able to get an update from him later.

“I’m sure everyone will join me in wishing him a speedy recovery.”

In line with the FA’s concussion guidelines, Finnigan is not expected to be able to resume training until 14 days have passed.