Division One side Caerau Ely part company with long-term manager Nana Baah

Caerau Ely are under the new management team of Craig Sampson and Gus Brandon after the exit of popular manager Nana Baah.

The Cardiff West based club are second from bottom with just four points from a possible 42, with only goal difference separating them and bottom-placed Ton Pentre. They trail nearest placed Cwmamman United by just two points, but the West Wales side has four games in hand.

They have seen a number of senior First Team players leave, with the club forced to play a number of youth players in games this season.

It is a stark contrast to when the club defied all the odds when they won the Division One title in 2013/2014, despite only being in the Division for a couple of years after winning promotion from Division Two.

In a statement released by the club, Caerau Ely announced the parting between the two parties.

“Regretfully, Nana Baah has resigned from his position as Caerau Ely First team manager with immediate effect. Nana was appointed in 2012 and in his first season we achieved promotion to Division one, we then went on to win the Welsh League First Division in 2014 / 2015 which was an amazing achievement.

Everyone at Caerau Ely would like to wish Nana every success when he eventually returns to management. We would also like to thank him for all of the hours he has spent with our junior section offering his time and advice which has helped this part of the club grow. we wish him all the very best.

His Assistant Manager, Craig Sampson who is the brother of former England Women’s national team, as well as Taffs Well has taken over in his place. He will be assisted by Gus Brandon who was the U19’s coach in earlier years.

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Sampson managerial experience comes when he’s worked alongside his brother at Bristol Academy, Cardiff Corries and Taffs Well.

The former Bristol City U17 coach arrived at Cwrt-yr-ala three years ago, after replacing Giles Smith as assistant manager.

During his time at Taffs Well, he leads the Taffs Well Youth side to East Division and Youth Cup success. Sampson possesses the UEFA B Licence.

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