Ryhope CW team pictureRyhope have announced that former football league player Gary Pearson will be their new manager as they prepare to face Stockton Town in the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup Final.

He recently resigned as Crook Town’s manager after guiding them to 15th in the first division of the Northern League.

“I’m very pleased and very excited. I’ve just come out of management and I’ve got straight back in with a job that excites me,” said Pearson.

“From a playing background I’ve played from near enough every level from Sunday League into Northern League Division Two and One, the Evo Stik and I’ve played in the conference.

“I’ve played football in the old third division with Darlington and back down the conference to Gateshead and all the way back down again.”

Pearson will officially take over from Monday and will not be in charge for the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup Final against Stockton Town, which kicks off tonight at 7pm at Ryhope’s recreational Park.

Stockton’s 2-0 win over Ryhope in April was pivotal in deciding the destination of the Wearside League title.

The visitors will be looking to complete a league and cup double success but they won’t be joining Ryhope in the Northern League.

Ryhope’s committee has outlined their ambitions for the future as they return to the Northern League.

Pearson added: “First and foremost I’ve got a five year plan with the chairman (Darren Norton) to progress from the second division and establish the club as top six side within the next five years.

“Realistically with the season coming my target is 10th place because that’s the last spots you need for the FA Cup to qualify for next season. To be honest I would like to see how close we get to the promotion spots.”

Pearson was in charge of Crook Town when they were promoted as champions to the first division of the Northern League last season.

Martin Swales’ Ryhope finished in second place but they were of course relegated back to the Wearside League after failing to pass the Northern League’s ground inspection.

A new manager will always bring new people to the club and Pearson’s coaching team will be joining him at Ryhope and some new players will be too.

“The obvious thing is you are going to bring fresh faces in and every club within the Northern League has to freshen up at some stage.

“I’ve got to bring players in to strengthen up the squad and there are some areas where I know I’m bringing people in where there’ll be some competition for places.”



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