Jarrow manager Dave Bell is stepping down after 17 years, spread over three stints, with the South Tyneside club.  He’s one of those people who typify what’s involved in non-league football.

It was a tumultuous last week in charge.  Having diced with relegation, they were able to secure their Division Two status with a win against Blyth Town on Saturday before taking charge for the last time against Esh Winning on Monday night.

Dave said:  “The result on Saturday was a relief.  It’s been an emotional week for me.  My heart is still with the club, but it’s time I stepped down as manager.”

He said it was a combination of things that contributed to his decision.  “The season has not gone the way we wanted, it’s been a hard slog.  When I took the job this time I said to myself that when we started sliding backwards it would be time for me to go.

“That’s what has happened and in the interests of the club it’s best for me to go now.  It’s totally been my choice.”

He cites getting Jarrow into the Ebac Northern League and keeping them there this season as his two biggest achievements in a career with the club spanning 17 years.  He was assistant manager, had a spell away before having seven years as manager and assistant manager, returning in 2016 as manager.

“This season, at one point, wasn’t looking good for us but to get the points we needed was a massive relief.  I care so much about the club and all the work that goes on behind the scenes.  I’ll still be involved in the club, but I don’t know in what role or capacity.”

The fans showed their appreciation for what he’s done for the club during the game against Esh Winning, chanting his name and applauding him off at the final whistle.  Joint manager Scott Oliver is also stepping down and the club is now looking for a new manager.