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Anth Smith Quits As Gateshead Manager 

Gateshead boss Anth Smith has sensationally toss in the towel only a week into the new season. His offer to step down was agreed on by chairman Graham Wood yesterday, leaving his assistant David Rush in temporary charge.

Smith only took over from Ian Bogie at the Skrill Premier club in December after Bogie only managed to win three of his last sixteen matches at the club. Smith helped the club towards a final positioning of 17th place within the league last season.

Despite bringing in nine new players over the summer, the opening three matches of the season saw defeats against Kidderminster Harriers, Grimsby Town and Barnet to leave Gateshead in without a point. All of this proved too much for Smith who is reported as informing members of the squad straight after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Barnet that he was going to submit his resignation. His only other experience at senior management came in the second division of the Northern League with Chester-Le-Street Town.

Smith’s assistant and former Sunderland team-mate, David Rush, has taken over as caretaker-manager and will be assisted by former Darlington midfielder Micky Cummins, the pair will be in charge for Saturday’s trip to Southport.

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