Thursday, 3 January 2013

A change at the helm for Colwyn Bay

Former Seagulls goalkeeper Lee Williams has been installed as the man the Colwyn Bay board believe can reverse their current run of form that has seen them slip to fourth from bottom with a tough run of matches ahead.
Player-Manager Jon Newby was sacked after the Seagulls slumped to a 4-2 home defeat at Vauxhall Motors on New Year’s Day, the result left them dangerously close to the relegation zone just five points clear.
The Football Club released the following statement in relation to the dismissal of Jon Newby and the appointment of Lee Williams:
“It was with great reluctance that the Colwyn Bay Football Club Chairman and Board of Directors had to ask for the resignation of the club's Player / Manager Jon Newby after the home defeat 2-4 by Vauxhall Motors.
"As a result of Jon's refusal to resign, the Board were left with no alternative other than to dismiss him from the manager's position.
"The recent run of results which has seen the club drop into the bottom 4 of the league, only 5 points above automatic relegation, early exits from both the FA Cup and FA Trophy plus a fall in the size of attendances has culminated in the Board's decision.
"The Board would like to put on record, their recognition of the hard work and 100% commitment that Jon has put into the club, both as a player and a manager, since he signed for the club in 2010, and only wish that his dedication could have been rewarded with better results on the pitch, and wish him much success for the future.
"With a backlog of fixtures to complete over the next few weeks, and the urgent need to gain points, it was imperative that a new manager and assistant should be appointed immediately.
"As a result, Lee Williams and Dean Martin, both ex-Colwyn Bay players, have been appointed as manager and assistant with immediate effect and will take charge of the team for the next match against Worcester City.
"The Board hopes that the Colwyn Bay fans will give the new management team increased support and encouragement to improve the performances and results on the pitch for the rest of the season. "
Ex goalkeeper 44 year old Lee Williams is looking forward to the challenge of taking over at the helm and believes Colwyn Bay have the players to stay in the Division.
"It is a big challenge, but I saw enough in the game against Vauxhall to be optimistic, defensively we were poor and tightening things up at the back has to be a priority. But I could see the potential in the squad. I am hoping to bring in a couple of new players before Saturday, but we want to keep as many of the current players as possible and everyone will be given a chance to show they can help us move forward."
Williams made 140 Welsh Premier appearances after leaving Bay to join The New Saints and went on to win a Welsh Premier championship medal.
His career has taken him to Colwyn Bay, Birmingham City, Rhyl, Afan Lido, Goytre United, Bangor City, Kidderminster Harriers, Holywell Town and Connah's Quay Nomads. 
The former stopper was manager of Rhyl in 2002/03, where he laid some of the foundations for the club's return to prominence, with his then number two John Hulse taking over the following season and leading the Lilywhites to the Welsh Premier title.

Williams’ first match in charge will see his charges entertaining play off chasing Worcester on Saturday 5 January.


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