Powell looking for Premier League experience at Park Avenue

Aberystwyth Town’s newly appointed manager Neville Powell says he is aiming to add experience to his youthful side over the next few weeks.

The Welsh Premier League veteran was appointed manager of the Green and Blacks last week, becoming manager of a WPL club for the third time in his career.

Powell was speaking to the club video on their official YouTube channel on his appointment as manager and what plans he has for the club.

The arrival of experienced players could help the club with leadership on the pitch.

 ”We obviously need to get 3 or 4 experienced Welsh Premier players and that’s the first thing for sure, you look at the squad we’ve got there now, have we got 3 or 4 leaders on the pitch, probably not.

You know there is a lot of youth around the place and you know you’ve gotta compete and try and get in that top six you know you need a bit of experience and a few winners. 

I’m sure we’ll do that, there is enough quality here now as well to add to what we hope to bring in and hopefully we can be pushing for that top 6′.”

The former Nomads boss of course brings his own experience having spent more than a decade in the Welsh Premier League as a manager and he has said that from his experiences at his previous clubs, he knows what the ingredients for success are.

”First and foremost it’s a big club, you’ve got a good fan base, they’ve got a good Board of Directors, they’ve got good supporters like when I first went to Bangor City. 

The infrastructures here, you just need to have a successful team on the pitch to replicate that and I’m looking forward to a challenge, it is a challenge, they’ve been starved at success for a few years, they need something to cheer them on and the fans do and I’m sure we’ll get a team with experienced players to do that and logistically it’s always been a tough place to get to, Aberystwyth but I’m here.

I travel because I want to be here, it is a big club and a bit of a sleeping giant and it’s a great opportunity for me to do that but we do need experience, you can’t win anything with to many youngsters around the team and when I was at Bangor the development side won the league for 2 years on the run and a lot of that was because they had a lot of the youngsters in and around training with the first team because we never had a big first team squad but if we can do that here, it takes time doesn’t it? 

We can, we finished third bottom last season so we’ve got to improve on that and I believe if we get the right calibre of experienced lads in the spine of the team that we need then there is no reason why we can’t be pushing for a top six spot.”

Powell has already begun life at the club with ninety-minutes now under his belt, the club played a seven-goal thriller with Division One title favourites Llanelli Town.

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” It’s really good you know, coming in the week. I’ve only been here a few days but I am just getting to know about the club, about the younger players and the players we’ve got it and it was our first friendly. 

It was a good competitive game to be fair and a lots come out of it, we lost 4-3 but the result doesn’t really matter it’s just about having a look at the players here and the players that we really need.”

(Featured Image: Chris Howells)

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