Friday, 31 May 2013

Monmouth Town continue spate of Welsh League managerial appointments

Welsh League side Monmouth Town have named former Wales international Steve Jenkins as their new manager, with chairman Lee Robson stating the club have to match his ambitions.

He said: “I could do the usual flannel about being sure Steve will take us up a notch, but I think that’s self-evident. The challenge for us is to match his ambitions. We’ve got great people around the club who can and will step up to the plate.

“We stated in 2003 we’d be a Welsh League club in five years, and in 2005 said we’d be a Welsh Premier League side in 15 years. We know he can deliver his part, now it’s up to us to match that.”

He added that over the next couple of years the club aim to do a lot of work to make them eligible for a domestic licence to take their place in the WPL.

“It’s a question of whether we can pull it off and we are in discussions with a number of parties over new facilities. The short term aim is to win the Welsh League next year and have a good old crack at the Welsh Cup. South East Wales is crying out for a WPL side and we’d like to think we’d be it.”

Jenkins (40) has more than 500 Football League appearances to his name, starting his career at Swansea City and playing more than 150 games for the club. He then moved to Huddersfield where he played more than 250 games in seven seasons, becoming their captain and a fans’ favourite.

A short spell at Cardiff City followed, before taking in varied stints at English league clubs and then three years at Newport County. His playing career finished as player/assistant manager to former Cardiff team-mate Andy Legg at Llanelli, where he helped them to the Welsh Cup in 2011.

He also earned 16 caps for Wales between 1995 and 2001, where he featured alongside current Wales boss Chris Coleman.

Jenkins will replace the management duo of Barry Burns and Robin Pick who resigned recently, with assistant manager Gareth Blackburn still currently with the club.

The appointment continues a flurry of new managers in the Welsh League. Former Neath striker Andy Hill has taken the reins at fellow first division club Goytre United following Robert Cooke’s dismissal, while at Tata Steel, former players Francis Doyle and Rogan Matthews have taken over the reins.

Treowen Stars in Division Three have appointed Mark Giffard, Alan Naylor and Kirk Ansell to manage the first team with Carl and Simon Evans and Ritchie Molyneux staying at the club in other capacities, with Steve Price taking over at Garden Village, also in Division Two.


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