BISHOP RETURNS AS ABER MANAGER

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Cambrian News photographer - Aberystwyth’s new first team manager Matthew Bishop.

Aberystwyth Town chairman Donald Kane has confirmed the appointment of Matthew Bishop as first team manager of the JD Welsh Premier League club.

Cambrian News reported “Penrhyncoch-based Bishop, who is employed as a senior national coach developer, returns for a second spell in charge at Park Avenue after a time at the helm in 2016/17.

He holds the required Pro Licence certificate, which will ensure that the Seasiders comply with their Uefa Licensing requirements.

The 45 year-old has signed a contract with the Club, which runs until the end of the 2019/20 season, with the option of a further extension.

“Matthew’s appointment is a huge boost to the Club as a whole,” commented Kane.

“Not only will he be an integral part of the first team set up, but also his coaching expertise will be invaluable at a time when we are looking to develop the Academy structure at the Club.”

The Aberystwyth chairman said that Bishop will be supported by locally-based coach Gavin Allen, who remains as assistant manager.

Kane added: “We also hope that appointing a locally based manager will be applauded by our supporters.

“Especially, as we look to continue developing top talent through our Academy structure, looking forward.”

Bishop, who was educated at Penglais School, was assistant manager of the Hereford side that reached a Wembley FA Vase Final and won the Midland League Premier Division, Midland League Cup and the Herefordshire Challenge Cup back in 2015/6.

Prior to that he also coached Newport County to promotion into the Blue Square Premier in 2009/10 with a record points total, and has also worked with Aldershot Town as assistant manager.

He was also the assistant coach of the Wales Under 16s, 17s and England Under 20s sides, before becoming the senior national coach developer at the English FA.

Bishop played eight games for Aberystwyth Town in their first two League of Wales seasons, before moving on to Bangor City, Conwy United and Rhayader Town, making a total of 61 Welsh Premier appearances.

In early February, the Club had confirmed that Neville Powell had returned to the role of Director of Football, with the position of first team manager becoming vacant.

Powell had been re-appointed as the manager last October, but was unable to secure a position on a Pro Licence course in time to comply with the UEFA Licensing requirements, meaning that the Club had to fill that role with immediate effect.

In March 2018, the club had appointed Northern Ireland-based coach Seamus Heath to the role of first team manager at Park Avenue, but he stepped down last August.

Former player Gavin Allen, who holds a Uefa A licence coaching qualification, has been assistant manager this season, after the departure Wayne Jones last summer.

The Seasiders are currently just two points adrift of Cardiff Metropolitan University the race for a place in the Uefa Europa League play-offs, with four matches left.

After successive wins over Cardiff Met, Carmarthen and Llandudno, the Seasiders take a break from action before they return at home to Llanelli on Friday, 5 April.

The Seasiders will then take on Cefn Druids at home on Friday, 12 April, Cardiff Met away on Saturday, 20 April and finally Carmarthen away on Friday, 26 April” here.

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