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Local football: Disappointed Rush quits as Hebburn boss

Former Sunderland striker David Rush has resigned as Hebburn Town manager – after a disappointing start to the Northern League season.

Rush and his assistant Michael Sloanes took charge in the summer, but they leave with the Tynesiders joint bottom of Division Two.

Rush said: "We had a few bad results, and got off to a bad start, and I felt it wasn't working. We weren't getting a response from the players.

"I'm not going to blame the players. Myself and my assistant manager did as much as we could and it's just one of those things.

"We were fully committed and everything was done right and professionally.

"I told them (Hebburn) I was going to do it now (resign) and not prolong it so they can get it sorted.

"There's no hard feelings. The club comes first, and whoever comes in will give them a fresh start."

Though Rush has been offered a scouting job at a London-based professional club, he is still keen to get back into coaching.

"I have gained a lot more experience from it, from losing matches rather than winning, from dealing with players and confrontations in the changing room," he added.

"I have been offered another job in football in a scouting role at a professional club. It was too good to turn down, and that will hopefully open up a few doors.

"I definitely want to get back into the coaching side, but maybe as an assistant, not a manager."