Cambrian News photographer - Aberystwyth Town boss Neville Powell

ABERYSTWYTH Town FC has confirmed that Neville Powell has returned to the role of Director of Football, with the position of First Team Manager at the club now vacant.

Cambrian News reported “Powell was re-appointed as the First Team Manager last October, but has been unable to secure a position on a Pro Licence course in time to comply with the UEFA Licensing requirements, meaning the Club must fill the role with immediate effect.

Powell won the JD Welsh Premier League Manager of the Month Award for November 2018 after the Seasiders had won five matches in a row, and stands down as First Team manager with the side in eighth place in the Welsh Premier League, following the mid-season split.

The role of First Team Manager has been advertised, with the closing date for applications being 18 February.

In March 2018, the club appointed Northern Ireland-based coach Seamus Heath to the role of First Team Manager, but he was unable to continue after surgery, and stepped down last August.

Former player Gavin Allen, who holds a Uefa A licence coaching qualification, was appointed as Assistant Manager this season, following the departure of former assistant boss Wayne Jones.

Meanwhile the Seasiders have strengthened their squad with the signing of commanding central defender John Shaw from Runcorn – and he made his debut in the Welsh Cup last weekend.

Shaw, who stands at 6 foot 3 feet tall, is a dominating, no-nonsense defender who has had spells at EvoStick League sides Marine, Droylsden and Warrington.

He played a total of 221 times for EvoStick Northern Premier side Marine FC between 2009 and 2014, scoring nine goals in the process and picking up their player of the year award in 2011. He then went on to join Witton Albion, before signing for Staybridge Celtic in 2015, where he made 34 appearances.

Aberystwyth have also signed Wales Under 19s international goalkeeper Callum Preston, and he also made his debut at home to Cardiff Met on Saturday.

With their Welsh Cup hopes over after a 3-1 defeat to the students, Aber’s focus now turns to the second phase of their league campaign, starting at home to Llandudno on Friday night (ko 7.45pm).

Their opponents are currently propping up the table with just two wins all season, and Powell’s men are determined to end a disappointing run of seven straight defeats in all competitions.

They will take heart from 1-0 wins both at home and away against Llandudno in the first phase, as they look to close in on seventh-placed Cardiff Met, who travel to Carmarthen on Saturday.

Meanwhile Aberystwyth Town’s Under-19s are six points clear at the top of the Welsh Premier Development League (South) after notching a 5-2 win at Cambrian & Clydach Vale on Sunday.

The young Seasiders, chasing back-to-back titles, are unbeaten in the league, with nine wins and two draws” here.

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