Eard­ley is handed key Cofis’ role

Caernarfon Herald - - SPORT - Huws Gray Al­liance

IT has been quite a week at Caernar­fon Town Foot­ball Club.

Last Satur­day, their man­ager Iwan Wil­liams re­signed to join Welsh Pre­mier League club Llan­dudno on the same af­ter­noon as the Ca­naries ad­vanced to the last 32 of the Welsh Cup with a 4-1 vic­tory over Ber­riew.

Then on Mon­day, Town landed a plum draw at home to Barry Town United in the na­tional knock­out be­fore later ap­point­ing Sean Eard­ley as their new first-team man­ager.

A club state­ment said: “Sean, who is a highly re­spected coach in the North Wales area, joined us last sum­mer as as­sis­tant-man­ager and takes over the hot seat va­cated by Iwan Wil­liams. Sean has ap­pointed Richard Davies as his as­sis­tant with Mike Innes also join­ing the man­age­ment team. We are thrilled to have se­cured our first choice for the role and look for­ward to work­ing with Sean and his man­age­ment team as we strive to take the club for­ward.”

News of Wil­liams’ de­par­ture from The Oval af­ter a suc­cess­ful two years in charge to re­join for­mer club Llan­dudno cer­tainly raised a few eye­brows when an­nounced.

Caernar­fon Town added: “Iwan joined the club dur­ing the sum­mer of 2015 and un­der his lead­er­ship the team has en­joyed suc­cess that had pre­vi­ously proved be­yond us.

“In his first sea­son at the helm, the side won the Huws Gray Al­liance League ti­tle be­fore adding the league cup to com­plete a mem­o­rable dou­ble. Un­for­tu­nately, off-the­field mat­ters de­nied the side pro­mo­tion to the Welsh Pre­mier and in his sec­ond cam­paign, the side re­tained the league cup whilst also fin­ish­ing run­ners-up in the league and reach­ing the semi-fi­nals of the Welsh Cup for the first time in 29 years. This sea­son has seen the side con­tinue this se­quence as we lie top of the league and to­day reached the third round of the Welsh Cup. We wish to thank Iwan for all his hard work and also his fam­ily for shar­ing him with the Cofis.”

Wil­liams stressed his de­ci­sion to leave Caernar­fon was far from easy.

He said: “For the last two and a half years, I’ve de­voted a num­ber of hours to this fan­tas­tic foot­ball club and built some­thing I’m im­mensely proud of. How­ever, for some­one as driven and am­bi­tious as my­self, the op­por­tu­nity to join an es­tab­lished Welsh Pre­mier League Club in Llan­dudno, who I have deep con­nec­tions with and who have am­bi­tions of chal­leng­ing for Euro­pean quali- fi­ca­tion, was some­thing I just couldn’t turn down.

“I’ve prob­a­bly had some of the fond­est mo­ments in my life at Caernar­fon Town and made many life­long friends along the way. Although it’s been a suc­cess­ful stint, we have ex­pe­ri­enced many ups and downs to­gether which have made me grow as a per­son and es­pe­cially as a man­ager.”

Thank­ing the many who as­sisted him dur­ing his man­age­rial stint, Wil­liams re­served spe­cial men­tion for the fans: “Thank you very much for all your sup­port and I apol­o­gise if you feel I’m let­ting you down.”

Picture: RICHARD BIRCH

● Caernar­fon’s Jay Gibbs con­trols the mid­field against Ber­riew in the Welsh Cup be­fore the dra­matic events that have now seen Sean Eard­ley (inset) ap­pointed man­ager

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