Gateshead chairman Richard Bennett has described himself as being ‘over-the-moon’ with the appointment of new manager Steve Watson.

Former Newcastle-player Watson, 43, was appointed as Neil Aspin’s successor on Tuesday.

Speaking after the press conference Bennett told SportsByte: “We’re over the moon, we feel he’s a great appointment for the club.”

Bennett, who has now been Chairman at the National League club for the last two years, spoke last week of his desire to bring in a manager.

He said: “We’re looking for an experienced and professional manager who shares our ambitions of reaching the Football League.”

When asked what evidence he’s seen that Gateshead can reach the Football League in the near future, Watson added: “Forest Green and Lincoln both went up last season.

“Forest Green stuck to their philosophy and played good football and Lincoln were a good football side and had an incredible work ethic, but you have to have the players and you have to have something to build on and I believe we’ve got the players and the rest of it will come.

“There may be a different style of play to what they have been playing, there may be a different philosophy on work ethic and standards, but I have seen teams succeed in this league and make no mistake, that is why I’m here.

“I’m here to be successful, and I’m here to take this team into the Football League.”

Watson has a vast amount of experience playing in the Premier League for clubs such as Newcastle United, Everton and Aston Villa, before ending his career at Sheffield Wednesday in 2009.

He has since been involved in the backroom staff at Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City when they were in League One and the Championship respectively.

The former Newcastle man was also the assistant manager at Macclesfield Town for two years in the National League under John Askew.

Bennett was convinced that he had made the right appointment telling SportsByte: “The first thing you really need is a manager who knows this league.

“In Neil Aspin we had that, and I’m sure we have that in Steve.”

Watson’s first challenge as Gateshead manager is a trip to Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division side Buxton in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying round this Saturday.