Iwan Williams has been named as the new manager of Ynys Môn’s men’s football squad.
The ex-Caernarfon Town and Llandudno boss was Campbell Harrison’s assistant when the team won gold at the Inter Island Games.
Williams will now take over from Harrison after he stepped down following the Anglesey tournament in June.
Off the back of being crowned champions after an unforgettable week, the Ynys Môn senior sides are now planning to play more regular fixtures beyond their involvement in the bi-annual Island Games.
Williams said: ”Working alongside Campbell and his team to win a gold medal last summer was a fantastic privilege and I am honoured to have the opportunity to follow in his footsteps and manage the Ynys Mon Men’s football squad going forward.”
”What we achieved last summer as an island was incredible, and I am very excited to continue the fantastic work that has been in put in already by Campbell and take this team forward in the future.”
As a manager, ex-midfielder Williams guided Caernarfon Town to the Huws Gray Alliance title in 2016, only for the club to be refused promotion to the Welsh Premier after they failed to win a FAW licence.
He stepped up to top-flight football in November 2017 when he took charge of Llandudno, where he was previously club captain.
Williams went on compassionate leave in February for family reasons, before confirming his departure from Dudno at the end of last season. The Inter Island Games marked his return to the game as the hosts clinched their first major title in twenty years.
Gareth Parry, Ynys Môn football co-ordinator said: ”Iwan’s standing in the game is hugely significant. He comes into the role with significant knowledge of the Island Games, having competed both on and off the pitch with distinction, and brings with him a level of expertise and know-how that we are delighted to have in our men’s manager as we continue to build on the fantastic work done in recent times to develop football on the island.”
Paying tribute to Campbell Harrison, he added: ”The footballing community on Ynys Môn is hugely thankful to Campbell for all of his hard work to develop football on the island, and we wish him all the best in the future after guiding Ynys Môn football to an historic summer.”
Beyond this summer, attention has turned towards developing a new football academy for Anglesey alongside the ongoing bid to host the 2025 Island Games.
Iwan Williams added: ”With the development of an FAW-accredited Academy on the island progressing well and plans for more regular fixtures for our Ynys Mon senior teams in the future, this is a very exciting time for football on the island.”
”After all of the success of the summer, and with Campbell stepping down, it is important that we have continuity on and off the pitch to ensure we continue to show the potential for football on Ynys Mon.”