Cefn Druids Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of Neil Ashton as the club’s new manager.
The 37-year-old takes up the position on a two year deal which will run until the summer of 2024.
Ashton steps in to take over from Andy Turner, who stayed on until the end of the season as interim manager and now returns to his Head of Coaching role within the club. We would like to wish our utmost thanks to Andy for stepping up in a difficult situation and leading the team until the end of the season.
Neil Ashton will now come in as we prepare for our campaign in the JD Cymru North next season. A former Wrexham player, Ashton made 204 league appearances for Wrexham and was a fan favourite and ever present in the squad. He joined the Druids in 2017 and became captain of the team, leading us to a Europa League Qualifying game and was considered, by many, to have been instrumental in the club’s recent success.
Having joined Llandudno just prior to the pandemic, Ashton decided to end his playing career after one final full season. His desire to get into coaching was reignited, and a conversation with Druids Chairman Des Williams led to him being given the reins at his former club.
Druids Chairman Des Williams said: “I’m absolutely delighted to confirm the appointment of Neil Ashton as our new manager.
Neil and I share the same values and drive for success at the club and, for me personally, he is someone I have the utmost faith in and trust to restore us back to the top tier of football in Wales”
I’d like to thank Andy Turner for taking the reins through our most difficult time and stabilising the club. Andy returns to his role as Head of Coaching and will be the driving force behind our successful academy.”
With Druids now playing in the Cymru North, the task ahead for Ashton is to put together his coaching team and then rebuild the squad. The club’s focus is clearly a return to the Cymru Premier. We spoke with Ashton about the move,
“I’m very happy to be given the opportunity to manage a club I’ve had such great times with, and hope I can replicate those days as manager.”
A great signing for the club and we look forward to seeing Ashy in the dugout at The Rock soon. Keep an eye on our social media as we have another announcement coming later in the week!
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