WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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MANAGER Ian Dawes has been sacked by Bangor City just four months after being appointed.

A statement from the Citizens says: "Bangor City FC has decided to relieve Ian Dawes of his duties as first team manager forthwith due to the inability to gain his acceptance on the current Pro Licence course in accordance with UEFA club licensing criteria.

"The post will be advertised shortly and careful consideration of the future development of the club will be paramount so the correct choice can be made.

"Gary Taylor-Fletcher will take temporary charge of first team affairs for the remaining WPL fixtures."

Welsh Premier clubs must have a manager with a Pro Licence, or who is registered on a Pro Licence course, in order to play in Europe and, with City hoping to quality via the play-offs, they must appoint a manager who meets the criteria.

Dawes was appointed as manager at the end of November 2016 after the Citizens parted company with Andy Legg. A Uefa 'A' Licence holder, he spent nearly 10 years in different roles working within the Liverpool academy before leaving to become head coach of Floriana FC in Malta, where City's current director of football Stephen Vaughan Jr was president. He was dismissed just over a year later after a defeat to fellow relegation strugglers Vittoriosa Stars.

A month later Dawes was appointed to succeed former Newtown and Port Talbot manager Bernard McNally as head of academy coaching at Shrewsbury Town.

As a player, midfielder Dawes was an Everton schoolboy and, after playing in Canada, joined Caernarfon Town from Kidsgrove Athletic in 2008 having previously played for Marine and went on to make 11 (+5) appearances for the Canaries in the Welsh Premier League, scoring twice.