Llangefni Town manager Chris Roberts will stay on with the club next season.
The Welsh Alliance outfit revealed last weekend that Roberts had turned down an approach from a Huws Gray Alliance club so he could ”finish what he started” at Lon Talwrn.
Cefni have achieved a top three finish under Roberts for the past four seasons in a row. They were in contention for the Division One title for much of this campaign, but had to settle for runners-up spot behind Conwy Borough.
The club confirmed Roberts would lead take charge for a fifth season following a ”very productive” committee meeting last Saturday.
The man himself left no doubt about his number one priority for next season when he said: ”Nothing has changed – the ambition of the club and this squad is to win and that is an ambition that drives us all”.
”My aim when I became the manager of Llangefni was to take the club back up the Welsh football pyramid, and I am staying to finish what I’ve started.”
”We have narrowly missed out on promotion three seasons in a row, finishing third, joint second and runners up again this season. I am already putting plans in place for next season and I am confident that with a couple of new additions, we will go one step further next season.”
Cefni last played in the second tier in the 2011-12 season, which ended in relegation amid the departures of players, management and committee members.
Another mass exodus led to the club pulling out of the Welsh Alliance in 2013-14, but they returned in style under Roberts the following season – winning promotion from Division Two as runners-up, having been narrowly denied the championship on goal difference.
Cefni have not looked back since – and ahead of their AGM at the Bull Hotel next month, chairman Alwyn Jones sees both Roberts and the community at large playing a big role in its future.
He said: ”We are working hard off the pitch, continuously trying to improve and hopefully in doing so, involving the community and get the town behind us. We do have a ‘long term vision’ and are encouraging anyone who wants to be part of that vision to join us on this journey.”
”We encourage anyone who has time on their hands – it doesn’t have to be Saturdays – to become involved.”
On his manager, Mr Jones said: ”Chris has done an excellent job with limited resources – we see him being a vital part of what we are trying to achieve and we are glad that he has decided to stay.”
Llangefni’s reserves team still have silverware to play for this season. On Friday night, they host Llandudno Junction in the semi finals of the Lock Stock Fireworks Challenge Cup (7.30pm ko) – the winners will face Llanberis, who beat Holyhead Hotspur 2-0 on Tuesday
Meanwhile in the Huws Gray Alliance, Caernarfon Town’s title-winning manager Sean Eardley has been named Manager of the Month for March and April, after guiding the Canaries back to the Welsh Premier. The Cofis ended the season unbeaten in the league since August.
And while Holyhead Hotspur’s season ended without much success, John Littlemore won Player of the Month for March and April, maintaining top form right through to the 4-1 win over Caersws which ended the Harbourmen’s eight-game losing streak. Littlemore scored twice.