LLANIDLOES Town have moved quickly to appoint former Caersws and Newtown defender Hugh Clarke as the new first team manager at the Spar Mid Wales League division one club.

The experienced Clarke, who was assistant manager to Graham Evans at Caersws prior to his resignation last month, made 445 Welsh Premier League appearances over 17 seasons as a player.

He will come straight in to replace Mike Barton, who parted company with the club after a disappointing start to the season.

"Our committee have moved swiftly to find a new manager, and we are pleased to announce that Hugh Clarke has agreed to become the new first manager," said a Llanidloes Town club spokesman.

"Hugh brings with him a wealth of experience, and everyone at the club is excited to be working with him.

"Hugh will be in the dug out on Saturday at our home game against Penrhyncoch in the Spar Mid Wales League Cup on Saturday. I'm sure the supporters will welcome Hugh, and show him the great support that we are well known for."

Barton, a former manager of Guilsfield, Caersws, Berriew and Welshpool Town before taking charge at Llanidloes 12 months ago, was relieved of his first team managerial duties in midweek, following a 6-0 defeat to Knighton Town.

"I’m sad to be leaving Llanidloes, but thanks to everyone who has played for me over the last year," commented Barton. "I would particularly like to express my thanks to the club’s fans for their fantastic support during my year in charge."

See next week’s edition for the full report and reaction.