WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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FOLLOWING the departure of Craig Harrison to Hartlepool United, The New Saints are keen to maintain continuity by promoting from within.

Scott Ruscoe has been handed charge of first team affairs, assisted by Steve Evans, but TNS must surmount a hurdle if two of the club's longest-serving players are to remain permanently, with one of them completing their coaching qualifications.

"Scott or Steve will have to find a Pro Licence course somewhere," owner Mike Harris told BBC Sport Wales. "We're hoping the FAW may have another course to run and they get selected for it."

The Uefa Pro Licence is a mandatory qualification for anyone wishing to manage a football club in national leagues within Europe and Harris added: "If they don't we'll have to find someone else around Europe, because one of the things the club prides itself on is our succession planning.

"Scott and Steve Evans have been in situ for two to three seasons so that as and when Craig Harrison left, the club wasn't having to scrabble around trying to find someone in an emergency."

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22 August 2017

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