Chris Hughes is the new Manager at Newtown
The Board of Directors at Newtown Football Club have announced the appointment of their new Head Coach, Chris Hughes.
Chris, 34, was in his fourth season as Assistant Manager at Prestatyn Town FC, having previously been involved as Assistant Manager at Buckley, Rhyl and Caersws. His playing career was with Buckley Town in the Cymru Alliance as a midfielder/striker.
Currently employed as a Sports Development Officer with Wrexham Borough Council, Chris has also worked with the Welsh Football Trust in the past.
During his time at Prestatyn he is proud of their achievements in getting into the play-off finals for a European place before winning the Welsh Cup against Bangor last season, earning them a Europa cup place where they won their first round, earning the club a bumper pay day.
Speaking on Sunday evening, after he was formally appointed, Chris said he was sad to be leaving Prestatyn where he has been warmly welcomed by the staff, players and spectators and is proud of his achievements there.
Holding an “A” licence, Chris has applied for the Pro-Licence course due to start in March 2014.
It was too good an opportunity to miss; I know the players and what Bernie McNally has achieved on a low budget is remarkable and I am determined to keep their fine form going
Chris said, “I wanted the opportunity to be Number One at a (Corbett Sports) Welsh Premier Club and to test myself with a stable club, which Newtown is renowned to be.” Asked how he felt about coming to Newtown, Chris said, “ It was too good an opportunity to miss; I know the players and what Bernie McNally has achieved on a low budget is remarkable and I am determined to keep their fine form going.”
Chris will introduce himself to the players and staff over the next week and attend the match against Gap Connahs Quay this Friday, although the squad will be in the hands of Callum McKenzie for that night.
Newtown Chairman, Elwyn Preece thanked the Board’s selection committee for their hard work over the past ten days since Bernie announced his departure and congratulated them on their swift appointment. He said, “I look forward to working with the new Manager and wished him the best of luck in the post”.