The search for a new manager at Druids is over, as The Ancients confirm the appointment of former Flint Town FC manager Niall McGuinness, on an initial two-year contract.
Cefn Druids Football Club are delighted to announce that Niall McGuinness has been appointed as the club’s new manager. The young and highly regarded coach has signed a deal to take the helm at the club and will be presented at a virtual press conference at The Rock on Thursday morning.
The arrival of McGuinness will see him bring in his own assistant manager, who will be announced in the coming weeks, and he has already earmarked players he’d like to retain from the current Druids squad and the new faces that are needed.
“An agreement on Niall’s own coaching team was reached earlier this week and, together, we will be looking at what further changes are needed. Niall has also outlined the players he’d like to keep from this seasons squad and highlighted players he’d like to bring in and we’re working through the list,” said Druids Chairman Des Williams.
“Niall is a very good coach and he’s highly underestimated because others see him as being too young for the league and yet he knows the league well and has a depth of player knowledge that this club needs. When we spoke recently, he expressed his desire to push on with the way we were using the academy for development and he buys into the need for the club to develop its own players” said Williams.
Druids struggled during Phase 2 after the departure of Head Coach Bruno Lopes during the lockdown, with assistant Jayson Starkey stepping in as interim manager, in what was a dire end to our season. A decision and statement regarding his future and the current backroom staff will be made in the coming weeks.
Plans for Druids to adopt a full time/part time hybrid training system were also thrown into tatters when the FAW announced the loss of a European place recently. Druids have decided to revert back to their part time status for next season and wait until the 4th slot returns in the future.
“I take full responsibility for the dreadful season we’ve had on the pitch, I focused on the club’s survival and left others to sort the on-field business out and they failed. The buck stops with me and I intend to correct it and get us back to where we ought to be” added Williams.
A big season awaits our new manager and his staff as we try to get back on track, to where we know we should be! We look forward to welcoming them to The Rock and building our squad for the season ahead!
Stay tuned for our first interview with the new gaffer and his thoughts on the club and season ahead, coming soon!
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