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.