Blyth Spartans manager receives backing from former Leicester City and Derby County striker Howard

There was backing for the Blyth Spartans manager ahead of Saturday's home game with National League North rivals Boston United.
Jon Shaw celebrates during Blyth Spartans' win against South Shields (photo Kevin Wilson)Jon Shaw celebrates during Blyth Spartans' win against South Shields (photo Kevin Wilson)
Jon Shaw celebrates during Blyth Spartans' win against South Shields (photo Kevin Wilson)

New Blyth Spartans sporting director Steve Howard has thrown his backing behind Jon Shaw as he looks to guide the Croft Park club to success under new ownership.

The former Derby County and Leicester City striker was appointed to a newly-created position at the National League North club following the completion of a takeover by Tyneside-based businessmen Irfan Liaquat on Wednesday morning. The first game under the new ownership will come on Saturday afternoon when in-form Boston United are the visitors to Croft Park - and Howard has given his support to Spartans boss Shaw as he looks to lead his side to a first win in seven games.

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He told The Gazette: “The type of football Jon wants to play is exactly what we want.

“It’s exciting, passing football and I keep saying to Jon, we’ve got the right manager. He will manage higher, without a shadow of a doubt. If you give him the tools and the bullets, he will make that work. That’s my job. I am so passionate about creating a team where everyone talks about Blyth Spartans, other players talk to other playing saying you should sign for them because the atmosphere is unbelievable. He is on the same page, he tries to play football.”

Shaw’s squad has been severely depleted by injuries in recent weeks and the Spartans boss has been forced to hand starts to a number of younger players against the likes of Scunthorpe United, Spennymoor Town and Farsley Celtic. The takeover has prompted talk of a move into the transfer market and the possible arrival of new players to boost Shaw’s ranks ahead of a hectic end of the season.

Howard stressed the new Spartans hierarchy have already been hard at work looking to bring in new signings and aim to continue those conversations now the takeover has been formally completed.

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He said: “We are going to try (to sign players). I’ve identified a few players and I’ve sat down with Jon and tried to do it but it’s been hard because you’re trying to tell people who you are working for but you are not. The amount of times in the last two weeks I’ve spoken and they’ve asked if I’m working for Tony but I wasn’t. So now the shackles are off, we’ll make the calls and have the conversations.”

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