WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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CARDIFF Met have announced a change in management with Dr Wayne Allison taking over as first team manager with current boss Dr Christian Edwards stepping down to the role of assistant.

Edwards stressed that his on-going commitments within the university are making it increasingly difficult for him to fulfil his managerial duties and says that it would be beneficial for the club if he and Allison were to exchange roles with regards to the coaching of the team.

Edwards, who will remain as director of football, pushing the strategic direction of the club and assisting on match days, says: "It's a natural progression for us, Wayne has been fantastic for the club and understands my position within the university.

"I will still take the lead on directing the club forward and have the involvement on match days which is good for me. However, it's not about me or Wayne it's about the players and making them the best they can be. For us the focus is on Bala and the remaining games ahead."

Wayne Allison has been integral to the club in recent years and has worked closely with the players in that time. "I'm delighted to step in to manage the team in light of Christian's on-going commitments at the university," he says.

"I have been with the squad for a while now, so it's just about progressing forward together. Nothing will change from a footballing point of view as the players are doing well."

A former striker who was known as "the chief", Allison scored 173 goals from 752 appearances in a playing career that took in Halifax, Watford, Bristol City, Swindon Town, Huddersfield Town, Tranmere, Sheffield United and Chesterfield.

He has also coached at Chester City, Bury, Tranmere and Bradford City and was the coach inclusion and diversity manager for the English FA and earned his doctorate in Coaching, Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University.

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26 September 2017

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