Powell takes charge at Aberystwyth

By Adam Hughes in Football

ABERYSTWYTH Town FC have unveiled Neville Powell as their new first team manager, after Tony Pennock stepped down last month.

Powell, who revalidated his A Licence in May, previously led Bangor City to a Welsh Premier League title in 2010/11 and successive Welsh Cup Final wins in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

He also won the Welsh League Cup as manager of Connah’s Quay in 1996, and also has five Welsh Premier Manager of the Month awards and two Welsh Premier Manager of the Season awards, from 2010 and 2011.

Aberystwyth Town chairman Donald Kane said he was delighted to be able to confirm the announcement.

“Nev’s stature within Welsh football, his experience in the League, and the extensive contacts he has in the game marked him out as an outstanding candidate,” said Kane.

“As a Club we are delighted to have recruited him as First Team Manager.

“Nev and assistant manager Wayne Jones have already had extensive discussions with regards to preparations for next season, and both look forward to working with each other.”

Powell began his playing career at Tranmere Rovers, making a scoring debut for the club at the age of 17 in 1981 in a match against Torquay.

He left the club in 1984, having made 86 appearances for the Prenton Park club, scoring four goals. He went on to spend eight years with Bangor City, playing for the club in the first season of the Welsh Premier.

In 1993, he took over as player-manager of Connah’s Quay, where his playing career came to an end following a broken leg sustained on the opening day of the 1996–97 season.

After 14 years in charge at Connah’s Quay, which included winning the Welsh League Cup in 1996, Powell took over as manager of Bangor City in 2007, replacing Steve Bleasdale.

Under Powell, Bangor had one of their most successful spells, beating Finnish Club FC Honka in the Europa League 3–2 on aggregate in July 2010.

The team won the Welsh Cup for three consecutive years, between 2008 and 2010, and they also won the Welsh Premier League title in the 2010–2011 season, after starting that campaign with 15 consecutive wins.

In July 2016, however, news broke that Powell was “relieved of his duties,” amid a raft of changes after the club was taken over by a Cheshire-based Consortium, with links to ex-Chester City owner Steven Vaughan.

“It feels fantastic to be back,” said Powell. “I’ve been out for nine months, and was itching to get back, and then Aber gave me the chance.

“Everyone has made me feel really welcome, and I’d love to repay them by getting the Club up the league. The set up here is great, Aber has everything, and it’s a proper Club.

“The team may have under achieved recently, but I will be looking to get us back to where we should be.

“Working with enthusiastic people like Wayne Jones as assistant manager gives me the buzz to do well.”

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