LEGG LEAVES BANGOR; IAN DAWES LINKED AS REPLACEMENT
There aren’t so much winds of change at Bangor City, but rather sudden gusts after it was announced today that manager Andy Legg had left the club after steering them to fourth in the table.
Legg’s tenure was cut equally as abruptly as his predecessor’s Nev Powell and after just 112 days in the post Bangor City are again looking for a new manager.
Sgorio broke the surprise news of Legg’s departure earlier this afternoon.
The first official confirmation from a Bangor City source came from commercial director James Lees via a couple of tweets shortly afterwards, confirming that Legg had been dismissed after the board had decided he was not the manager they wished to appoint on a full-time contract and a search to appointing his successor would begin immediately.
Legg’s appointment at the start of the season coincided with a summer takeover by a five-man consortium fronted by new chairman Ivor Jenkins, and the feel coming from Nantporth was that although the team were coming off a chaotic pre-season, it was very much the start of a exciting new era at the club which brought the promise of new direction, big ambitions and new funding – something which had began to stifle Bangor City in recent seasons as rival clubs became increasingly competitive.
I wrote back in August just how big a task I felt Andy Legg had in delivering his promise of reaching the top-six in his first season at the club after they were very comfortably beaten by Connah’s Quay early in the season, but the tide quickly turned under Legg with the side impressively climbing up the table inspired by the eye-catching form from the likes of new signings Gary Roberts, Jordan Davies, Brayden Shaw and Henry Jones.
Although well-positioned to secure a top-six spot, Legg’s last game in charge saw the side fall to a heavy 4-0 defeat at Cardiff Met on the weekend, a result which he declared ‘the worst during his time at the club’ with no apparent indication that that would indeed be his final act as Bangor City manager.
It’s rare in football for clubs to make such significant decisions without anticipating their next steps and Bangor’s search for Andy Legg’s successor is already well underway. It’s been a busy time for the club off the field, with Stephen Vaughan Jr being officially announced as the club’s Director of Football just over a week ago, with the remit of identifying players and negotiating contracts as the club look to establish themselves as a full-time outfit next season.
My understanding is that Bangor’s next managerial appointment will be a swift one with Ian Dawes amongst those in contention to succeed Legg with the interview process to commence shortly. Dawes is believed to have handed his resignation in at Shrewsbury Town where he held the post of Head of Academy Coaching.
Bangor City have said that a full statement will be released shortly.
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