Smothers lands Carmarthen position on permanent basis
Carmarthen Town have announced that interim manager Neil Smothers has been appointed as the club’s permanent manager for the 2018/19 season, with Danny Thomas being named as his assistant.
Smothers was appointed interim manager midway through this season when Mark Aizlewood was relieved from first team duties and the players have seemingly taken well to his appointment.
The Old Gold had amassed 15 points when Smothers took charge, and under his leadership the JD Welsh Premier League outfit have amassed 19 points in 16 games. Whilst this was not enough to stave them from the bottom two, the club have secured their status for the coming season thanks to Bangor City’s licence failure.
Smothers and Thomas have both had illustrious careers for the club. Smothers made 245 Welsh Premier League appearances for the club, whilst Thomas earned 145.
Smothers already has coaching experience having been coach during the South Wales outfit’s two League Cup victories, and has already been accepted on to the FAW Pro Licence course.
He will be ably aided by the Old Gold’s previous record goalscorer Danny Thomas.
In a statement on the club website, the club chairman Chris Edwards stated “Their record as our management team since January has been excellent. Therefore it was an easy decision to welcome them aboard on a full time basis. We look forward to working with them both as they look to build a competitive team for this coming Welsh Premier League Season.”
“Neil has also recently been accepted onto the FAW Pro Licence Course, which will no doubt enhance his vision for the game and add to his coaching and managerial abilities, from which we will all benefit.”
Before Jeff Thomas added his enthusiasm about the appointment.
“One additional advantage to the appointment of the new managerial team is that it ensures continuity within the club. With both having been players and coaches with the club they are familiar with the set up and also with the people who administer Carmarthen Town Football Club.”
“The players have already proved that they can react positively to Neil and Danny with some excellent performances during the second phase of the season.”
“Both Neil and Danny understand the responsibilities that their new roles within the club bring and are grateful for the chance to make their mark as an innovative and progressive management team.”
The new managerial set-up are now preparing their plans for the coming season to help guide the Old Gold in their maiden full season in charge.
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