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Gateshead General Manager Sacked Via Text

Gateshead general manager, Alisha Henry, was sacked on Saturday afternoon via text by Gateshead owner Dr Ranjan Varghese.

Henry joined the club at the start of the season as Commercial Manager but stepped up to replace Mike Coulson when the former long-serving general manager announced his departure in January.

Since then she has played a key role in attempts to identify a new owner for the Vanarama National League club and had been working on playing budgets for next season.

However, on Saturday, within hours of the final whistle of Gateshead’s last league game of the season against Barrow, Henry was informed that her services were no longer required by the club via a text message from the Hong Kong-based businessman.

She attended the Gateshead Soul Supporters Club end-of-season awards night on Saturday night and along with the club’s playing squad, coaching staff and press officer Dominic Scurr, was presented with a special award to acknowledge their efforts throughout a challenging season at the Inter­national Stadium.

Henry spoke to the Sunderland Echo and said “It’s obviously very disap­po­inting to leave the club in the way it has happened, but nothing really surprises you if I am honest.

“The big thing I will take away from the last ten months is the bond that has grown between the players, coaches and supporters and I think myself and Dominic (Scurr) have felt part of that.

“We have all been in it together throughout the season and we have all tried to deal with the highs and lows that we have experienced by staying strong as a group.

“We always tried to do our very best for the club, and I will always look back on it with great pride.

“I am sad to be leaving, but let’s see what the future brings.”

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