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Stephens steps down as Llanfair manager

 
Created on 13/05/2021 @ 09:43


Llanfair United have started looking for a new manager after Rhys Stephens brought his decade-long tenure to an end.

The club said Stephens had their full support and he will leave “a big hole to fill”.

Stephens re-joined the club in 2011 after a spell coaching Newtown, joining Daryl Griffiths who had already seen the club become competitive in their first Spar Mid Wales Division 2 season.

Stephens took the reins with Griffiths becoming assistant manager, and together they changed the fortunes of the club by seeing them promoted to the Cymru Alliance for the first time after winning the Mid Wales Division One title in 2015.

After two seasons in North Wales football, Llanfair slipped back into the Mid Wales set-up but bounced back for another crack before Covid curtailed the season with Llanfair in a relegation spot based on their points-per-game ratio.

Under Stephens, Llanfair won the Central Wales Cup for the first time as well as the Montgomeryshire Cup, which they won for three consecutive seasons. They also won a pair of ER Jenkins Cups. 

“Rhys’ magnificent success, guiding the team to numerous trophies, will always be fondly remembered,” the club has stated.

“Signing so many local players who were inspired by Rhys to play for their local club has been magnificent for the town, and Rhys has included numerous local people in the management staff too, who have all helped the club to become so successful.

“During the past 10 years, Rhys has played a huge part in using his role as manager to help form a ladies team, a youth team and he has created a strong link in the community, with the local high school, seeing numerous youngsters come through to play for the senior sides. Even jobs such as washing the kit after a game when needed or marking the pitch, have never been too much for Rhys during his time as manager.

“Everyone at the club would like to thank Rhys for everything he has done. He leaves on incredibly good terms and we wish him all the best with his new endeavours.”
The club is now actively seeking a replacement so if you are interested in the first team manager role, email at llanfairunited@gmail.com 


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