FORMER Bradford City player Michael Nelson has taken over at Bradford (Park Avenue)'s relegation rivals Blyth Spartans until the end of the season.

The defender was part of the City squad that reached the League Cup final in 2013 and gained promotion through the Sky Bet League Two playoffs.

The 39-year-old was appointed as Stevenage's assistant manager under Graham Westley in January before the veteran boss resigned in the same month forcing Nelson to follow.

The ex Bantam replaces former Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark who had failed to build on Spartans playoff exploits last season, since his appointment in July.

Blyth's fortunes have dramatic changed this campaign as they find themselves second bottom above Avenue in the relegation zone, six points away from survival.

Clark departs his role along with assistant Paul Stephenson after only recording six wins in his 31 games in charge and leaving his now former club in 23rd in the Vanarama National League North.

Blyth Spartans issued this statement: "It is with regret that Blyth Spartans announce that manager Lee Clark and assistant Paul Stephenson have left the club by mutual consent.

"We would like to thank Lee and Paul for all their efforts and professionalism during their time at the club.

"Michael Nelson will take charge of team affairs for the remainder of this season."

Avenue travel up north to face Nelson's side on April 13 which could prove to be decisive for Mark Bower's side if they are still in with a chance of beating the drop.