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LLANDUDNO have parted company with manager Alan Morgan.

The Seasiders made their best-ever start to a Welsh Premier season by winning their first three games, but a slump followed before they ended a run of four consecutive defeats with a creditable 1-1 draw at title chasing Connah’s Quay on Saturday to leave them in sixth place.

A statement from chairman Russ Austin says: "After five years working with Alan Morgan on what has been a fantastic journey it is with a heavy heart that Llandudno FC has now parted company with his services.

"Alan will go down as one of the most successful managers in the club's history after his four year tenure, who came in when the club was fighting relegation from the Huws Gray Alliance, turned them into a title winning Cymru Alliance side winning promotion to the Welsh Premier League by doing so for the first time in the club's history, then achieved European qualification in our first season in the WPL, an extremely monumental feat in the club's history.

"Under Alan’s tutelage the club have enjoyed some real highs, the elation of Joyce’s winner at Penycae to clinch the Cymru Alliance, Lewis Buckley’s last gasp winner against Newtown at home, some impressive away performances in our first season at the likes of Aberystwyth and Newtown, and of course going toe to toe with European giants IFK Goteborg in the Europa League.

"The club wishes to place on record the appreciation and gratitude of all at the club for what Alan has achieved and the legacy he leaves us with."

An accomplished player with Tranmere Rovers, who spent some time on-loan at Altrincham, Morgan joined Doncaster Rovers on a free transfer before being released after a brief spell and instead moving to Morecambe in December 2002.

After a spell with Porthmadog, he took over as player-manager of Cefn Druids, replacing Steve O'Shaughnessy in February 2004. Spent just 10 months in the role before stepping down in December 2004 and moving to Rhyl, where he made one appearance before ending his first team playing career at Connah's Quay Nomads.

In 2007, Morgan joined Bangor City as assistant manager to former Tranmere player Neville Powell where they led the side to two consecutive top six finishes and UEFA Cup places. He was appointed as manager of his home town team Aberystwyth Town in November 2009, succeeding Brian Coyne and was joined by his former Tranmere and Wales under-21 team mate Christian Edwards, who had served as caretaker manager of the club during the vacancy, as his assistant manager.

In his first season, Morgan took Aberystwyth to a fourth placed finish. He left the club in February 2012 by mutual consent after a disappointing season and, in November 2012, was appointed manager of Llandudno.