AFAN Lido Football Club have announced the appointment of Paul Evans as the club’s new manager for the 2013/14.
Former club captain Evans takes over the reins following the departure of Paul Reid at the end of the last campaign which, despite finishing bottom of the Welsh Premier League, saw Lido survive relegation due to the demise of rivals Llanelli.
The 39-year-old continues his long-standing association with the Seasiders, having played more than 500 games for the club in both domestic and European competition. Evans was also a part of the management team that steered Lido to the Welsh Cup final in 2007.
Club General Manager, Mark Robinson, said: “Firstly, Afan Lido Football Club would like to thank Paul Reid for his hard work over the last twelve months during what was a difficult season.
“We are delighted to have Paul Evans back on board as manager, and look forward to the forthcoming campaign under his guidance.
“Paul’s heart has always been at Afan Lido, and we hope that his return will have a positive effect both on and off the field.”
Evans has already commenced his work, retaining the services of sought-after players such as Chris Hartland, Luke Borrelli and Mark Crutch, all of whom have signed for the 2013/14 season.
Afan Lido have also retained the services of Supporters’ Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year, former Swansea City midfielder Gareth Phillips, who will remain in his role as player/coach.
Manager Evans commented: “We are delighted to retain the services of Gareth Phillips whose knowledge of the league and experience will be of massive benefit to the club once again.
“We have had excellent turn-outs so far in pre-season training and we hope that we can add to our squad from the many new players that have trialled so far.”
Afan Lido’s first pre-season friendly will be on Saturday July 13th away to Abertillery Bluebirds.
The club also wishes to congratulate youth team player Jamie Latham on attaining a two-year scholarship with Premiership outfit Swansea City.