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Gateshead sack assistant manager to leave them with 3 employees

Gateshead assistant manager Ian Watson has been relieved of his duties following the conclusion of the 2018/19 National League campaign.

His dismissal means Gateshead now just have three remaining employees on the club's books.

All Gateshead players are now out of contract with the exception of Scott Barrow, whose contract runs until the end of June.

Manager Ben Clark remains at the club with press officer Dominic Scurr

Watson first joined Gateshead in 2015 as a part-time strength and conditioning coach.

Following the departure of Steve Watson and Micky Cummins in January 2019, the 33-year-old former Blyth Spartans defender was then appointed as Ben Clark's assistant manager on a full-time basis.

Clark and Watson worked together to help Gateshead continue their unlikely play-off push into the final week of the season before having to settle for a top-10 finish in the National League.

The Heed's ninth-placed finish was made even more impressive by the fact that they had to operate under a transfer embargo for the majority of the season and ended their campaign with just 14 senior outfield players following the departures of their top two scorers, Luke Armstrong and Scott Boden, as well as key defender Fraser Kerr.

The news follows the sacking of general manager, Alisha Henry, on Saturday. 

Sports Injury Therapist Annie Davis has also been sacked by the club and received an email on Monday lunchtime. Meanwhile player JJ O'Donnall, who also acted as club kitman, was also sacked on Monday lunchtime. 

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