The 36-year-old was thrown in at the deep end by chairman Steve Gibson last summer and had to learn on the job very quickly as he attempted to guide the club through a season of transition.
Asked about the transition from player to manager, he told a BBC Tees fans´ forum: "Playing was easier, although it is still one of the hardest things in the world to step over the white line and put your body on the line every week and perform in front of thousands of people."
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