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Smith quits as Gateshead boss
8:10pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in Sport
ANTH Smith has quit as Gateshead boss, after just three games of the season.
The Heed lost 2-1 at home on Saturday, leading the one-time Sunderland defender to stand down.
He signed nine new players in the summer, but has suffered defeats to Kidderminster, Grimsby and Barnet.
Smith will say his goodbyes to the players today, and informed chairman Graham Wood of his decision after Saturday's reverse.
"I am very disappointed that Anth decided to hand in his resignation just one week into the new season," said Wood. "He did well in the summer and then had a good pre-season and there were high expectations.
"There is not a club better prepared or with better facilities than Gateshead, everything is spot on and first class and a strong squad has been assembled.
"You don't expect your manager to resign after three defeats in the first week of the season, but by offering his resignation his position as manager became untenable."
Smith's assistant and former Sunderland team-mate, David Rush, has been installed as caretaker-manager, helped by former Darlington midfielder Micky Cummins and the pair will be in charge for Saturday's visit to Southport.
"We are not going to rush into making a hasty appointment," added Wood. "There is no need to as I'm comfortable with the strength of the off field staff.
"We have a good squad who are capable of better than they have shown in the first week of the season and we now have to move forward starting with a good display and result at Southport."
Barnet boss Edgar Davids did not travel to the International Stadium for private reasons.
Heed took the lead on 32 minutes, with Colin Larkin scoring his first goal for the club. His goal came when tapping home at the back post after a low cross by fellow former Hartlepool United player James Brown.
But the Bees soon levelled.
Keanu Marsh-Brown was released by Curtis Weston's through ball and shot across keeper Adam Bartlett.
Jake Hyde got the winner with two minutes to go, just after Gateshead had a penalty appeal turned down. Play moved to the other end, where Hyde chested the ball down near the right corner of the box to hit a superb half-volley that flew into the far corner.
Gateshead: Bartlett, Baxter, O'Brien, Chandler, Tait, Clark, Brown, Turnbull, Brodie, (Maddison 46), Walker (Boyes 71), Larkin (Marwood 79). Subs (not used): Nixon (gk), Cummins