Former West Auckland Town manager Peter Dixon has agreed to take over as manager of Northern League Division One rivals Newton Aycliffe until the end of the season.
Dixon, who was appointed after Aycliffe lost their local derby by 2-1 at home to Shildon on Saturday, quit West in August after leading them to two FA Vase finals, and turned down several job offers until he was approached by chairman Allan Oliver a fortnight ago.
Dixon said: “Allan sold the club to me. He told me that if the club is successful, then the crowds will follow. They’ve done a lot of hard work to get into the Northern League first division, and they don’t want to waste it. My mission statement, if you like, is to keep them in the division, and then we’ll sit down in April and see where we go from there.”
Dixon watched the game from the sidelines, and said; “If Shildon are the second best team in the league, then we should retain Aycliffe’s divisional status.”