Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bogie Man's Not Scared at the Prospect of Leading Gateshead into an Exciting New Era

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bogie Man's Not Scared at the Prospect of Leading Gateshead into an Exciting New Era

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Byline: By Paul Dixon

This week I spoke to Gateshead FC caretaker manager Ian Bogie about the club's recent good run of form and the prospect of taking the job full-time at the International Stadium.

Ian Bogie enjoyed a 15-year professional career in football.

He started off at Newcastle United, his hometown club, before plying his trade at Preston, Port Vale, Millwall, Kidderminster, and Leyton Orient before returning home to finish his playing career with Bedlington Terriers in the Northern League.

After managing Walker Central in the Northern Alliance, he joined the "Tynesiders" in the close season as Tony Lee's No 2.

But since Lee's departure two months ago, Bogie has been in the hot seat and is looking to keep the job on a permanent basis.

"We have been on a cracking little run where we have gone eight games unbeaten and are playing some really good football," he said.

"The aim since I got the caretaker role was to prove that I was capable of the job and I believe I have done just that."

Bogie added: "We have some quality players at this club who all look to get the ball down and play. Our season has lacked any real consistency until the last eight games and we are starting to see the best out of the lads."

Indeed, Bogie wants to emulate Blyth Spartans by winning promotion into the Conference North, and beyond, over the next few seasons.

"We need to finish as high as we can this term so we have a platform to build on," he added.

"We need to be full of confidence at the start of next season, and hit the ground running. If we can reproduce the form of the last two months next season we will not be far away.,"

Bogie has been pleased with the reaction of his players since his step up as manager and has been delighted with the form of striker David Southern who, with 30 goals this season, is the UniBond Premier League top scorer. …

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