WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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MANAGER Tony Pennock has left Aberystwyth Town "with the club's blessing" to return to the post he vacated as first team coach of Hull City.

"When Tony was appointed we were aware that this situation might arise and we promised not to stand in his way should it occur. As a Club we have now honoured that promise," says the Seasiders' chairman Donald Kane.

"It is a fantastic opportunity for Tony to coach at the highest level and we sincerely wish him all the best. He has been thoroughly honest and professional in his dealings with the club and we are pleased to part on excellent terms."

Pennock joined the Black & Greens in April 2017 after Matthew Bishop had been asked to "step aside" and was promoted to first team manager in May.

A Welsh semi-professional international goalkeeper best known for his heroics for Farnborough (where he won a Ryman League Premier Division medal) against Arsenal in the FA Cup, Pennock played for Stockport, Wigan, Hereford, Yeovil and Rushden & Diamonds before returning to his native Wales to join Carmarthen Town.

He signed for Newport County in October 2005 and was appointed manager of the Welsh semi-pros in January 2007, managing Port Talbot between April and November of the same year. Pennock returned to the Steelmen for a one-off appearance in 2008/9, moving to Aberaman Athletic in January 2010 and then joining Neath as cover for Craig Morris in January 2011, making a total of 76 WPL appearances.

After joining Hull City as academy coach in 2014, Pennock only left the club in January following Marco Silva's decision to bring in his own coaching staff, but he will now return to the club to resume the position he held under Mike Phelan.

"I'm delighted but a little bit shocked too," Pennock says. "It's been a bit of a whirlwind few days but I couldn't be happier to be back.

"I was on holiday this week and got a phone call from the vice-chairman who asked me if I was interested in coming back. I met up with him and the manager yesterday and it seemed to go really well and we agreed terms really quickly."

Aberystwyth say that assistant manager Wayne Jones will take charge of first team affairs until a suitable replacement is recruited.

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18 October 2017

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