The Non-League Football Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND PREVIEW -

IT’S been busy at Gateshead this month. Neil Aspin was ap­pointed Port Vale man­ager af­ter their dis­ap­point­ing start to the sea­son which led to the sack­ing of Michael Brown.

Neil, a Vale leg­end, has taken Lee No­gan (as­sis­tant man­ager) and ex-Lu­ton and Tran­mere gaffer Gary Bra­bin (first-team coach) with him as part of his coach­ing staff.

In his place, Steve Wat­son has landed his first man­age­rial post at the Heed. The ex-Mac­cles­field No.2 is no stranger to the area hav­ing played for neigh­bours New­cas­tle United in the golden era of Kevin Kee­gan, rack­ing up over 250 games for the Toon.

Ear­lier in the month, Liam Mc­Don­ald said he had taken Soli­hull Moors as far as he could, the ex-Hed­nes­ford boss was shortly back in the dugout at lowly Evo-Stik Premier side Rushall Olympic. Liam was re­placed by Richard Money as he took over the reins at Soli­hull Moors af­ter leav­ing the Nor­wich City acad­emy.

This is a great coup for the Birm­ing­ham out­fit as Richard is vastly ex­pe­ri­enced at this level and will be look­ing to in­stall his phi­los­o­phy on the Moors. Ex-Kid­der­min­ster boss Gary Whild has been ap­pointed as his No.2.

LOCAL: Steve Wat­son

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