Consett manager Terry Mitchell and his assistant Graeme Coulson today left the club to take up positions at National League North club Blyth Spartans.
Their shock resignations come with the Steelmen seven points clear at the top of Northern League Division One, and in the 3rd Round of the FA Vase, eyeing a return trip to Wembley.
Terry took over the hotseat at the start of the 2019-20 season, while Graeme had also served as Chris Moore’s No 2 the previous season.
They took the club all the way to Wembley for the first time in the club’s history in the 2019-20 FA Vase, losing 3-2 to then-Northern League rivals Hebburn Town in the Covid-delayed final in May 2021.
Consett AFC chairman Frank Bell said: “I got a phone call from Terry today to say that he and Graeme are leaving with immediate effect to take up similar posts with Blyth Spartans.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to Terry for his hard work and dedication over the last two and a half years, and to Graeme for the last three and a half years.
“They gave us the wonderful experience of taking the club to Wembley, and leave us in a good position to fulfil our ambition of promotion. We wish them all the very best in their endeavours at Blyth Spartans.”
Coach Andy Coyles will become temporary manager with immediate effect, assisted by goalkeeping coach Ben Cole.