Collingwood taking on a Starring role
MARK Collingwood has returned to Seaham Red Star for a second spell in charge of the Ebac Northern League Division One club.
Red Star have been looking for a new manager since former boss Craig Lynch left the club two weeks ago.
The former Sunderland youngster helped the club to successfully negotiate a battle against relegation.
But he left his position by mutual consent just a week after the end of the season.
Now they have opted to bring back former manager Collingwood, who left Red Star in October 2017 after a successful five-year stay at the club.
He took over at the end of the 2011/12 season and led the club to a mid-table finish in his first season in charge.
They narrowly missed out on promotion in the his second season – but it was a case of third time lucky as they won the Second Division title in 2015.
Their first season in the Northern League’s top tier ended with a respectable ninth-place finish and they were sat in sixth in the table when he left in October 2017.
Collingwood joined Jarrow Roofing to work alongside Richie McLoughlin but left when the South Tyneside club folded at the end of last season.
He will now return to his former club and club secretary Dave Copeland revealed there were a number of “very good applicants” for the vacancy.
He said “Without advertising for a manager we had about a dozen enquiries for the job following the resignation of Craig.
“Some of those who had applied have since taken jobs elsewhere in the Northern League, but we still had some very good applicants.
“Once Mark showed interest he became strong favourite for the job.”
Meanwhile, recently-relegated Darlington RA have announced the appointment of Steve Grocott as their new manager after Paul Edwards left the club to join Billingham Town, who themselves were left without a management team after James Hunter and Harry Taylor’s departures.
The Brinkburn Road club are still awaiting news on whether they will play in the Wearside League or the North Riding League next season.