Undy Athletic manager Laurence Owen calls time on managerial career

Long-serving manager Laurence Owen will leave the dugout at The Causeway at the end of the season, after confirming his retirement from management.

After 32 years in management, the 52-year-old is to stand down at the end of the campaign, with Undy Athletic sitting in a comfortable 6th position. With only one game remaining in the season for Undy, Owens’ swansong will be away at Cwmamman United next Tuesday.

During his time at The Causeway, he worked closely with now Newport County manager Michael Flynn, as the two shared the managership.

“I feel I am leaving at the right time, the squad is very strong and Undy is an established Welsh League Club.” said Owen when speaking to the South Wales Argus.

Undy Athletic are to lay a new pitch and erect a new grandstand with fencing, in order to comply with the new Tier Two regulations, all of which has helped Undy with a smooth transition as they identify their new manager.

“I informed the chairman and players a number of weeks ago, which gives them plenty of time to discuss who my predecessor will be.”

Despite Owen’s departure from Undy Athletic, he will remain in football by playing for the Wales Veterans. He has captained them over recent seasons, with the hope of being included in the squad for the upcoming home internationals in Manchester in June.

Undy Athletic chairman Phil Guard spoke highly of Owen when speaking to the South Wales Argus, for laying the foundations for years to come.

“Undy owes Laurence Owen a lot because he has brought into its culture and introduced a one club mentality.

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