Andy Thomas steps down as Airbus UK Broughton manager

Andy Thomas has stepped down from his role as Airbus manager and will become assistant to new manager Steve O’ Shaughnessy with immediate effect. 

The Huws Gray Alliance club will now be led by O’ Shaugnessy, who joined the club last season as assistant manager.

He became a Wingmaker at a turbulent time for the club, as a drastic turn in fortunes saw them relegated to the second tier in the 16/17 season.

In a reverse of roles, O’ Shaugnessy will be manager and Thomas his assistant, as they continue in their task to catch up with current league leaders and promotion rivals Caernarfon Town.

The Wingmakers are currently third in the league, five points behind Sean Eardley’s Caernarfon Town.

Recent results have seen Airbus blow a 3-0 lead against Caernarfon at home to draw 3-3, and lose out in the Flintshire derby last week as Holywell Town came away from the Hollingsworth Group Stadium 4-1 winners.

O’ Shaughnessy will need little introduction to most in the North Wales football scene, as he is a household name with a wealth of experience in Welsh football.

His pedigree includes spells Holywell Town, Rhyl, Caernarfon, TNS, Bangor City, Oswestry Town, Inter Cardiff and Cefn Druids.

He has previously managed Connah’s Quay Nomads for the 2007/08 season, before joining Colin Caton’s backroom staff in 2015.

Having retired as a player under Airbus, he is highly regarded at the club and has previously served as assistant to ex-manager Andy Preece.

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