Cambrian News photographer - Seamus Heath during his short spell at Aberystwyth

ABERYSTWYTH Town have confirmed the departure of first team manager Seamus Heath on the eve of their new Welsh Premier League campaign.

Cambrian News reported “Appointed at the end of March, Northen Ireland-based Heath is still convalescing after major surgery, and despite making steady progress after his recent illness, will be unable to continue in the role.

“The club wishes to thank Seamus for his contribution and everyone at Aberystwyth Town Football Club wishes him a full recovery and a long career in football ahead,” said a club statement.

Meanwhile Aberystwyth Town legend Gavin Allen was recently appointed as part of the club’s coaching staff for the forthcoming 2018/19 season.

Allen, who holds a Uefa A-license coaching qualification, was appointed to the role of first team coach, following the departure of former assistant boss Wayne Jones .

“Gavin had a very successful playing career with the Seasiders after joining Meirion Appleton’s Aber side in 1996 after his release from Tranmere Rovers, and he made a huge impres-sion with 53 Welsh Premier League goals in his first two seasons at the Park Avenue,” said a club spokesman.

“A Wales Under 21s international and prolific striker, Gavin went on to make a total of 238 appearances, scoring 113 goals in three spells at the club over a nine year period, and he also played for Bangor City, Barry Town and Carmarthen Town.

“After settling in the Town, Deiniolen-born Gavin went on to serve as assistant manager with Penrhyncoch, before working as a coach with Aberystwyth University.

“He has also worked in coaching roles with Aber’s Academy squads, as well as Shrewsbury Town’s academy. We’re looking forward to seeing his coaching contribution having a positive impact.”

He has been working with Director of Football Neville Powell during the pre-season” here.

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