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.

South Shields make their long-awaited return to Mariners Park on Tuesday when Seaham Red Star visit for a 7.30pm kick-off.

Many changes have been made at the ground over the summer, including the installation of a new drainage system and three new covered stands for supporters.

It is hoped that a big crowd will be in attendance for the homecoming, which is also an important match for the Mariners as they aim to get their first win of the season on the board.

Shields succeeded Seaham as Northern League Division Two champions last time out.

Seaham followed up their promotion with a ninth-placed finish in Division One last season, and will be a real danger in Tuesday’s game.

Their 3-0 opening day win at Washington underlined their ability, and they will no doubt be relishing the prospect of spoiling the party.

Shields assistant manager Lee Picton, though, is hoping they will respond well after Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Whitley Bay, which saw the Mariners concede a stoppage-time equaliser.

He said: “Hopefully with a good crowd behind us on Tuesday for our first home game, we can look to kick-start the season, because it needs to happen really quickly.

“For the fans, more than anybody else, it’s important we get three points on Tuesday, and for the people who have put a lot into this football club.

“They all deserve a proper performance from this group, including ourselves as a management team. They deserve better than what they’ve had so far.

“If players or anybody else in the camp is struggling to get their heads around that, as I said to the lads in the changing room, we’re going to be on a collision course. We’ve got to stand up and be counted.”

Kick-off is at 7.30pm, with season tickets valid for this game. Admission to the match can also be secured at the turnstiles, at a cost of £6 for adults, £4 for over-65s and £2 for under-16s.

Below is a copy of the front cover of the programme for the game.

The Mariner 01 Seaham Red Star COVER

Assistant manager Lee Picton and striker Jon Shaw had mixed emotions after South Shields’ dramatic 3-3 draw at Consett on Saturday.

Shaw scored a last minute equaliser as the Mariners came from 3-1 down to take a point from Belle View.

In the video above, Picton discusses the game, his frustration at the first half performance and why the players all received a big pat on the back afterwards.

In the video below, meanwhile, Shaw talks about whether it was a good point for Shields, and what the team needs to learn from.

VIDEOS: Daniel Prince. STILL IMAGE: Peter Talbot.