Bangor ‘surprised’ by Craig Harrison departure

Bangor City FC

Bangor City are looking for their third manager in less than a year following the sudden departure of Craig Harrison.

The ex-New Saints and Hartlepool boss has quit the Nantporth club after just five months in charge to become first team coach at Welsh Premier club Connah’s Quay Nomads.

City say they’re surprised by Harrison’s departure – but compensation has been agreed between the two clubs.

Director of football Stephen Vaughan Jr is taking caretaker charge for the time being, starting with Saturday’s Welsh Cup first round clash at home to Mold Alexandra.

Harrison was unveiled to much fanfare in May, replacing Kevin Nicholson after the club was demoted to the Huws Gray Alliance, when it missed out on an FAW domestic licence.

Bangor’s main priority has been a return to the WPL at the first time of asking – but a mixed form has left the club fourteen points behind HGA leaders Airbus Broughton in the table.

They won five of their nine league games under Harrison, who takes up his new role on Deeside with immediate effect.

In a statement, Stephen Vaughan Jnr said: ”It has come as a great surprise this morning that Craig wanted to leave the football club. Our attention now turns to tomorrow’s Welsh Cup match…where we all need to pull together to ensure that we get through to the next round.”

It’s been a turbulent year for City. Asides relegation from the Welsh top flight after 26 years, the club has fought off two winding-up orders in the High Court and the club says it’s resolving a compulsory strike-off notice from Companies House.

Last week, auditors for the club raised concerns about missing key documents about its accounts for the first three months of 2017.

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