Llanelli Town make backroom changes ahead of new Welsh Premier League season

Llanelli Town have secured the services of former Welsh Premier League managers Simon Dyer and Andy Dyer, as they prepare for life in the JD Welsh Premier League next season.

Andy Hill has added the former managers to his coaching staff, as Llanelli look to make a big push to ensure they give themselves the best chance of survival next season.

Llanelli made an emphatic return to the top flight last season, as they won Welsh Football League Division One. But, Hill has added top flight experience ahead of the new campaign.

But, the club move on to the next step without the coaching duo of Andrew Mumford and Mark Dickinson.

The duo helped the Reds climb back up the football pyramid to the Premier League, but now depart the club ahead of their return to the top flight.

The Dyers will be a familiar name to many Welsh Premier League supporters. Both Simon and Andy have previously managed in the top flight.

Simon Dyer was once the youngest Welsh Premier League player-manager when he took charge at Port Talbot Town. The former Wales Under-21 International turned out for numerous sides in his playing days, including Neath, Port Talbot and Haverfordwest.

After Port Talbot, Dyer managed Afan Lido and guided the South Wales outfit to the Welsh League Cup. But, he now returns to management as assistant manager to former Neath player Hill.

Simon will be joined at Llanelli by brother Andy.

Andy Dyer previously managed both Neath and Afan Lido in the top flight, and then took over Port Talbot Town as recently as 2015. Dyer was, however, unable to save the Steelmen from the demotion at the end of the season, as despite on-field results, the club failed to achieve a license.

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Since his departure, Andy has been without a club. But has now returned to coaching with the Reds, as first-team coach.

Llanelli general manager Wayne Stephens said, “it’s absolutely huge for us as a club to recruit such talent and experience for our return to the WPL, both will add a tremendous amount to Andy Hill’s backroom setup”.

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