New Seaham Red Star manager Craig Lynch

Seaham Red Star yesterday appointed Craig Lynch as the club’s new manager after Chris McCabe stepped down from his position.

The midfielder, who is just 25, has two Premier League appearances under his belt for Sunderland and has made seven Football League appearances for Hartlepool United and Rochdale respectively.

He’s also played for Spennymoor Town and Blyth Spartans, and has been at the Star since 2015. A fans favourite, Lynch has scored 45 goals in 71 appearances for the club.

Last season he was Seaham’s leading scorer with 30 goals, meaning that he was named as Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters’ Player of the Year.

He started this season scoring five from eight games, but has since spent most of the season out with a cruciate injury. He was added to McCabe’s backroom staff in January.

Chris McCabe leaves the club after three spells as a player, becoming manager in his final spell. He was appointed as manager in September 2016 following Mark Collingwood’s departure, and took charge of the Star for 74 games during which he won 26, drew 13 and lost 35.

He oversaw five straight wins immediately after taking charge, but leaves the club sitting in 14th in the Northern League Division 1 without a league win in 2018.

Lynch’s first game as manager will be on Saturday at home to Team Northumbria, 3pm kick off.