David Mitchell and Rachel Sarginson have been appointed as directors of South Shields Football Club.

David joins as Commercial Director, having held the role of Corporate Sales Manager at Durham County Cricket Club for the last three years.

Rachel, who was appointed by the club in May 2017, has now moved into a new role as Operations Director.

Managing Director Michael Orr and fellow director Stephanie Smith have both left the club, and we would like to thank both for their tremendous efforts during their time at Mariners Park.

SSFC Chairman Geoff Thompson said: “I would like to thank both Mike and Stephanie for their invaluable contribution during these first few years for the club back in South Shields.

“I also want to formally welcome both Rachel and David and look forward to working with them as we continue to progress.

“They will work closely with Graham Fenton, Lee Picton, Gary Crutwell and the committee to ensure the club prospers.”

Before taking up his role at Durham County Cricket Club, David had overseen Sunderland AFC’s matchday commercial department for seven years.

He is also experienced in grassroots football coaching, having worked with Monkton Juniors, the Foundation of Light and Hebburn Town Juniors.

David, from South Shields, said: “The opportunity to work for my hometown club was just too good to turn down.

“This club is really at the start of something big, and I want to be there to help it rise through the divisions, with the ultimate aim of reaching the Football League.

“I want to bring my 10 years of experience of working for professional sports clubs to SSFC, to increase revenue by bringing in new sponsors and partnerships.”

Rachel, meanwhile, is a Business Management graduate and holds a BA Honours Degree from Teesside University.

She has worked for SSFC Chairman Geoff Thompson for the past five years as his Personal Assistant at Utilitywise Plc.

Prior to that, she worked within Carillion Energy Services – formerly known as Eaga Plc – as PA to the Managing Director of Clean Energy for seven years.

Rachel holds a great deal of experience from previous roles, which she hopes will benefit the club moving forward.

She said: “I am very excited by the South Shields FC story, and am delighted to be part of a club with major ambition to move forward in the years to come.”

Rachel will oversee the club following the departures of Michael Orr and Stephanie Smith, and has joined the committee meetings for the last four months to ensure she is fully up-to-date with current activities.