ABERYSTWYTH Town announced on Thursday that former player, caretaker and assistant manager, Christian Edwards has returned to the club, this time under the title of Director of Football.
“His return gives us great confidence looking forward to the second half of our season in 2012,” read a club statement – but to what extend will Edwards be involved come the end of the season?
Alan Morgan’s side have faltered this season and instead of challenging for a top six finish, Aberystwyth have found themselves looking over their shoulder as the bottom two clubs, Carmarthen and namely Newtown, strive to muster a productive run of form; despite having a squad which includes the likes of Geoff Kellaway, Lewis Codling, Andy Parkinson, Steven Cann and Ricky Evans.
Aber are a club who are never quick to pull the trigger and act with measure and the decision to lure Christian Edwards back to Park Avenue reflects this nature of the club. But the trend is that Edwards has been brought back to Aberystwyth to give Alan Morgan every opportunity to arrest his side’s poor form but ultimately will step in and resume control should the club finally lose their faith.
A deserved draw last weekend against The New Saints will have gone some way in convincing the club that Morgan is deserving of their patience but Edwards’ appointment as ‘Director of Football’ immediately undermines the manager, who has just completed his second year at the club. Edwards’ arrival will almost certainly result in decisions being taken away from Morgan, although to what extend remains to be seen.
Edwards’ return to Aberystwyth will initially be a barrier of support for Morgan but could eventually become the boot which Morgan has so far avoided.