Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Duo Look to Find Shields' Future Stars

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Duo Look to Find Shields' Future Stars

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TREBLE-WINNING South Shields managers Lee Picton and Graham Fenton will become fulltime employees next season as the club launches an academy for 16-19 year-olds.

The duo will give up their day jobs running an academy at Monkseaton High School to concentrate on expanded roles with the Mariners.

Their decision was hailed by owner Geoff Thompson as a 'landmark step' in the development of the club following its promotion to the Evo-Stik League First Division North.

Thompson said: "This has been the most amazing season for South Shields FC and we still have Wembley to come - but this announcement is also a major achievement for us.

"Our ultimate goal is to become a Football League side and being able to have Lee and Graham working with us full-time is only going to help us.

"They will be working within the academy to help develop and bring through talent.

"While we are very much aware these things do not happen overnight the idea we can build and improve local young talent, who would have a route through to our first team, is very exciting for the long-term development of the club. …

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