Aberystwyth Town Football Club has announced the appointment of Ian Hughes as First Team Manager.
Following Tomi Morgan's resignation last week, the Club moved quickly and promoted Hughes from within the Management Team, where he has been Assistant Manager since January 2010, when he joined then Manager Alan Morgan.
Anglesey-born Ian, 29, is one of the youngest coaches in Wales to have achieved the UEFA A licence standard, at just 24 years of age. He was formerly Academy Director and Assistant Manager of Llangefni Town, and helped them to lift the Cymru Alliance in 2010, although they were unable to be promoted to the Welsh Premier after failing to achieve the club licencing criteria. Ian has experience coaching at Wrexham’s Academy, and has been based with the Welsh Football Trust for the last four years as a Coach and Player Development Officer.
With a significant portion of last season's playing squad on contract through till the end of 2013/4, the need for continuity was apparent, and Ian will be joined on the Management Team by Wyn Thomas, who becomes Assistant Manager, and Antonio Corbisiero, who becomes First Team Coach. Both Wyn and Antonio are currently studying for the necessary A Licences.
Ian said: "It's a privilege to be asked to take the club forward and build upon the strong foundations that have been set. The club prides itself on its strong community links and with such a strong, loyal fan base it gives us a great opportunity to move forward together.
Sustainability is key and it's great that Wyn Thomas has accepted my offer of becoming the Club's Assistant Manager. Antonio Corbisiero will become First Team Coach as well as being an important player on the pitch.
Finally I would like to thank both Alan and Tomi Morgan. Tomi has been supportive of my appointment which I appreciate, and I look forward to starting in my new role'
Club Chairman Tony Bates added: "The Board of Directors and I are looking forward to a new and exciting phase for the Club, with a youthful and highly motivated Management Team. We have high hopes for the future under Ian, Wyn and Antonio, and we encourage all our supporters to get right behind them as they endeavour to bring success to Aberystwyth Town Football Club."
Mae Aberystwyth wedi penodi Ian Hughes i olynnu Tomi Morgan yn rheolwr ar y clwb.
Mae Hughes sy’n 29 oed wedi bod yn îs-hyffoddwr ar Goedlan y Parc er 2010 pan ymunodd yn ystod cyfnod Alan Morgan wrth y llyw.
Mae gan Hughes Drwydded Hyfforddi ‘ A’ UEFA ac mae’n ennill ei fara menyn fel Swyddog Datblygu Chwaraewyr a Hyfforddwyr i Ymddiriedolaeth Bêl-droed Cymru.
Bydd Wyn Thomas yn gweithredu fel îs-hyfforddwr ac Antonio Corbisiero’n hyfforddi’r tîm cyntaf. Mae’r ddau ohonynt yn astudio ar gyfer eu trwyddedau ‘A’ ar hyn o bryd.
Dywedodd Ian Hughes: ‘
Mae’n fraint cael y cyfle i adeiladu ar y seiliau cadarn sydd eisoes yma’n Aberystwyth. Mae gennym gysylltiadau clos efo’r gymuned leol a chefnogwyr tryw iawn Mae’n gyfle gwych i ni symud ymlaen efo’n gilydd.
Hoffwn ddiolch i Tomi Morgan ac Alan Morgan hefyd. Mae Tomi wedi cefnogi fy mhenodiad sy’n golygu llawer iawn i mi ac ‘rwy’n edrych ymlaen yn fawr at ddechrau’r gwaith.’