STM Sports boss Gareth Morgan his side could be promotion dark horses
Replacing a promotion-winning manager can never be easy but Gareth Morgan has been tasked with that at STM Sports this summer and he’s predicted his side could be on course for another promotion.
The former Porth manager replaced Nathan Cadette back in May after leading them to a fifth placed finish and is looking to go one further with the St Mellon’s side.
With any manager they set ambitions and targets ahead of the new season and Gareth Morgan is no different after urging the side to partake in the FAW Trophy, with the club having real ambitions of going the distance and winning the competition.
As well as targeting the FAW Trophy, the new STM boss isn’t ruling out being one of the sides that could be up there charging for a promotion spot.
“If we can start well I think we have all of the talent needed to add our own names to the dark horses group. I’m not alone in the Club too in hoping for a right good go in the FAW Trophy, which many at the Club feel they let slip through their fingers last year.”
Working at clubs like Porth, Croesyceiliog and Newport City has meant that Morgan has had to commute when working at his respective clubs but now he’ll be in close proximity of his new side in what was a big pull in taking up the opportunity of managing STM.
And looking at the squad last season, there hasn’t been many changes in terms of the first team bar four recent signings with players that he has already worked with.
“It’s definitely a big motivation being closer to home – I can see the ground from my house!
It’s fair to say that the players told me of a fair bit they feel they could be better at, and we’ve been working on those things already.
It’s rare to inherit such a talented group but the jump to Division 2 is big. I’ve heard the myth that it isn’t – but history says otherwise as well as my own experience having Managed in both.
The new signings are bedding in well. They all have great mentalities so I had no worries there really.”
Morgan has named former club Croesyceiliog, one of his as one of the contenders for promotion where he won a Welsh Football League Cup and has highlighted how the clubs decision to bring Della Cheedy into the club could take the club to the next level.
“To see who should be the ones who fight for the title & promotion places, in my experience, you should always follow the money, but looking at squads on paper & those who manage the teams I think the favourites have to be Pontypridd & Caldicot. Closely behind that I would lump on Aberdare Town.
My dark horses are Ammanford Town & Croesyceiliog, the latter having recruited very well this summer and with the best coach I’ve ever worked with in this league in Della Cheedy, I think they have everything in place to have a good go this time around.”
Earlier in the summer, the club announced the ongoing expansion of the club where they began a youth club, with John Jones and a chunk of the AFC Rumney Juniors squad joining the club and what has been a summer of progressive change at the club, Morgan has backed the decision to see John Jones join forces with him in an official capacity at the club.
“I’ve known John Jones for years having worked with him years ago at Dinas Powys and he’s been an unofficial talent scout for me in more recent years. I’ve watched his team a few times last year so I know what a great addition they are to the club.”
For STM though it’s a wait until Morgan and his side can begin the competitive season as they sit out a week before they play Caldicot Town.
Caldicot who were relegated last season have been tipped to bounce back from their relegation from the second tier, and one of Porth’s players Ben Ahmun made the switch from Porth to Caldicot.
“Caldicot away is one of the toughest games of the season, so why not have a right go at it on day one of the season? There’s no pressure on us down there at one of the favourites who have a healthy spending power, so we can go and have a right go.”
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