Gateshead FC is delighted to confirm the appointment of Rob Elliot as Technical Director.
Elliot’s appointment is part of the club’s long-term vision and will see him play a part in both on and off-field operations.
Elliot’s on-field involvement will see him assist with first team coaching duties and consult with the club’s first team coaching staff, in addition to registering as a member of the playing squad for the 2022/23 season.
He will also play a key part in the club’s off-field development by strengthening relationships with new and existing partnerships, as well as implementing an internal framework from which the club can progress.
Elliot’s involvement with the club stretches back to October 2020, when he trained with the first team following nine years at Newcastle United.
The 36-year-old then continued to assist Mike Williamson’s coaching staff on a regular basis throughout the 2021/22 season after joining then-Premier League side Watford, who he departed at the end of the campaign.
Elliot has made over 200 career appearances to date and has played at each of the top five levels of English football, as well as being capped four times for the Republic of Ireland.
“The board is delighted to welcome Rob as the club’s first-ever Technical Director,” said club Chairman, Neil Pinkerton.
“Rob’s enthusiasm and passion has been clear for all at the club to see since he first became involved, and his experience at all levels of the game will be incredibly beneficial to the club’s long-term plans.
“Rob shares the board’s philosophy and vision of getting Gateshead FC back to the Football League, and his appointment is one that fits into the club’s over-arching strategy in both the short and long-term.”
“I’ve been around for the last couple of years, and I’ve really loved being around the place,” added Elliot.
“I want to use my experience at football clubs to put a structure in place, hopefully try and generate the fanbase and make the club as sustainable as possible.
“All of the guys I’ve spoken to have been brilliant and supportive, and hopefully working together we can put the club in a better place.”