Taylor-Fletcher swaps Bangor for Llandudno

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Bangor City are looking for their fifth manager in two years following Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s departure.

The ex-Blackpool striker has quit Nantporth after just six months to take charge at Llandudno, replacing Iwan Williams.

The Maesdu Park club were relegated from the Welsh Premier League last month – they’ve also appointed Taylor-Fletcher’s assistant Alan Moogan, to join them.

Taylor-Fletcher returned to City last November as their third manager of last season, following the brief spells of Craig Harrison and Stephen Vaughan Jr (now City’s chairman).

The club’s much-documented off-the-field problems took their toll as a mass exodus of senior players during the January transfer window forced Taylor-Fletcher to rely on youth and Academy players for the rest of the season.

By that point, the club’s stated aim of a WPL return at the first time of asking was out of the question – with City finishing the Huws Gray Alliance campaign in fourth place.

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Ironically, Taylor-Fletcher had spent a brief stint with Llandudno as player, scoring three goals in as many appearances, before joining Bangor for a second stint.

Previously, he was caretaker manager from March to May 2017, before becoming assistant to Kevin Nicholson. The club’s demotion from the WPL, following the FAW’s decision to refuse a licence on financial grounds, led to both of their departures.

In a statement, City said the search for a new manager had begun immediately and they would make no further comment at this stage.

Taylor-Fletcher told the club’s website: ”I just want to say a massive thank you to all at Bangor City and especially club chairman Stephen Vaughan Jr. for giving me my first taste of management…the club will always be a big part of my journey into football management and I have loved every minute of it.”

”It was a big decision to leave, but after two-and-a-half years I felt the time was right for a new challenge. I look forward to coming back with Llandudno and I’m sure we will both be challenging at the top of the league come the end of next season.”

Llandudno are readjusting to life in the second tier – albeit in the confines of the new FAW Championship – having seen their four-stay in the Welsh top flight end after a sluggish season.

Taylor-Fletcher replaces Iwan Williams, who was granted compassionate leave in February for family reasons, but decided last month against returning to the club. He continues as assistant manager to Campbell Harrison for the Ynys Môn men’s squad ahead of next month’s Inter Games.

After his arrival was announced, Taylor-Fletcher said: ”Obviously having previously been at Llandudno as a player, I know the set-up, the squad and what the board want to achieve, which helped me in making the decision to come to the club.”

”This will help the transition be smooth as I already have a knowledge of the club and how it runs, we have a long time to wait but the hard work will start now.”

”It’s over eight weeks until pre-season begins but the preparation has already begun. Recruitment and sorting the friendlies will be key to having a successful off-season.”

On his immediate plans for his new squad, Taylor-Fletcher told Llandudno FC’s website that some of the current crop of players would attract WPL interest – but he’s keen to keep hold of others at Maesdu.

”I’ve spoke to the majority of the lads and there is a few who I want to stay, but there is also a few who want to stay in the Welsh Premier League and they all will have plenty of admirers.”

”I haven’t put a time scale to any of them yet but we will be speaking to other players every day and building a squad capable of being successful, and we will update the fans regarding this over the next few days and weeks.”

Llandudno FC director Sam Williams added: ”Being able to bring Gary back to the club in the Manager’s role creates an exciting next chapter for the club. To have someone who has played at the highest level at the helm matches our ambition as a club.”

”We may have suffered relegation, but we haven’t lost any of the desire to succeed, and we believe that Gary can help bring us that success moving forward.”

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