Colling­wood tak­ing on a Star­ring role

The Chronicle - - Nufc - By MARK CARRUTHERS

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.

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