York City have another new manager – Steve Watson.

Watson resigned from his post as manager of Vanarama National League side Gateshead this morning (Thursday, 10 January) and will commence his new role on Monday.

He will be joined by Micky Cummins who has also resigned today from his role as Gateshead’s assistant-manager.

Watson, 44, moved into coaching nine years ago after an illustrious playing career with Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Everton, West Bromwich Albion, and Sheffield Wednesday.

He was employed as a coach by Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City and assistant-manager at Macclesfield Town before accepting his first managerial role at Gateshead in October 2017.

‘Considerable experience’

Watson ensured Gateshead survived in the National League last season and reached the semifinals of the FA Trophy.

This season, he has steered Gateshead into the promotion race with the club currently sitting eighth in the table.

A statement from City’s board of directors states:

  • We are delighted to welcome Steve Watson to the club as first team manager along with his assistant Micky Cummins.

    The board conducted a series of interviews with a number of candidates but Steve impressed with his considerable experience as a player and coach, his knowledge of the game at all levels, and his vision for the club.

    He has demonstrated an ability to be successful on a limited budget at Gateshead and is prepared to step down from a higher league to strive for success at York City Football Club.

    The board will now be fully supportive of their aims and ambitions and wish the pair every success in their task.


The pair replaced previous manager Sam Collins, who left City last week, and his assistant Stuart Parnaby, who followed him from Bootham Crescent two days later.

York City are currenty 16th in National League North, nine points shy of the play-off zone.