City boss leaves after 7-0 defeat at Prestatyn
BANGOR City Football Club have confirmed the departure of firstteam manager Stephen Vaughan Jr.
Vaughan, the former chairman, has had two spells in the hot seat, losing just two of 14 games across both stints.
But after a disappointing defeat away at Prestatyn Town on Friday, the former Liverpool, Chester City and Rochdale full-back has called a halt to his time at the Citizens as he ventures into a new part of the footballing world.
“I wish the club all the best in the future and hope it gets back to the JD Cymru Premier, where it belongs,” the departing 34-year-old told the club’s official website.
The club wished Vaughan the best in his future endeavours and an announcement regarding the appointment of a new manager will follow.
Bangor lost further ground at the Cymru North summit after a thumping 7-0 loss at Prestatyn Town last Friday.
The Citizens’ ill-discipline during the second period left them with eight men against the secondtier pacesetters with the side shipping all seven goals after the break during a disappointing display.
City had performed brilliantly to knock all-conquering champions The New Saints out of the Nathaniel MG Cup during their previous encounter and were looking to get their league campaign on track this week when they played Colwyn Bay last night at home before welcoming Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant to Nantporth on Saturday, with kickoff at 2.30pm.
Bay were beaten 2-0 by Penrhyncoch at the weekend
But Vaughan was scathing in his attack on the team, which was depleted to eight following the dismissals of David Thompson, Pavel Vieira and Lucas Surber, after their uninspiring showing.
“At half-time I was happy to get in at 0-0 as they were the better team from the first whistle,” the manager told the club’s official website. “But I didn’t see that coming.” Seven goals in less than 40 minutes meant that the club slipped to 11th in the table and now have a goal difference of -4 after what had been a solid start to the domestic season.
“There was a lack of discipline, a lack of quality, a lack of fight and ultimately a lack of absolutely everything in every department. I’m embarrassed and I’m angry.”
The Citizens will be hoping not to see a repeat of Friday’s dismal outing that saw goals scored by Alex Jones, a brace from Robbie Hughes and Jordan Davies. Kai Edwards got in on the act before Ian Griffiths, who was on as a substitute, also managed a pair of finishes to compound the away side’s misery at Bastion Road.
“Playing against teams in this league, if you don’t want to fight for every ball and then have the b ****** s to go and get on the ball, you have absolutely no chance” Vaughan said afterwards.
“Yes, Prestatyn are the best team in our league with a very good manager in Neil Gibson, but a performance like that from us is totally unacceptable.
“It was the worst performance I’ve ever been involved with as a player, coach or in any other capacity within football.
“We have a lot of work to do and anyone who doesn’t want to buy into working hard might as well go somewhere else.”
● Bangor City manager Stephen Vaughan has left in the wake of the club’s 7-0 defeat at Prestatyn Town