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Mick Tait was most recently the manager of Blyth Spartans.

Previously Tait worked with Darlington both as manager and reserve team coach.

In May 2003, Mick Tait was offered the full-time position as Manager of Darlington FC after standing in as caretaker following the departure of Tommy Taylor, who had left in October 2002.

As a player, Tait appeared in over seven hundred games for seven different clubs, including Darlington where he was a member of the 1990/91 side. His playing career spanned over 20 years and began at Oxford United back in 1974.

Tait returned to face his first club in his second managerial role, back in January 2003, when he was still only caretaker for the Quakers. Nearly 30 years on since he signed professional forms with the club, Oxford had a new look side and stadium but Tait still fondly remembers his time there.

Tait in fact scored 23 goals in 64 appearances from midfield for the Us between 1974 and 1977. He then went on to play for Carlisle United, Hull City, Portsmouth, Reading, Darlington and Hartlepool United. He hit the back of the net 89 times in his playing career before moving into coaching.

Born in Wallsend, Mick's stayed in the north-east after hanging up his boots and his first managerial role came at Hartlepool, where he was in charge for just over two years. Succeeding Keith Houchen in November 1996, he managed the club to until January 1999 when he was asked to leave following a run of just one win in nine games.

He then moved to arch rivals Darlington as part of the coaching staff and after steering the Quakers' to mid-table safety in 2002-03, hoped to take them forward as the first manager in Darlington's new all-seater stadium, the Reynolds Arena.

Despite leaving the managerial post in October 2003, Mick decided to stay on at the club in a youth development role as well as managing the reserve team.

After leaving Darlington in February 2008, Tait then became the manager of Blyth Spartans. He remained with the club until May 2011.

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