Until his sacking as manager of Bangor City in July 2016, Nev Powell had spent more than 20 years in the league as player and manager.
He began his playing career at Tranmere Rovers, making a goalscoring debut for the club at the age of 17 on 1 March 1981 in a match against Torquay United. Powell left the club in 1984 having made 86 appearances and went on to spend eight years with Bangor, playing for the club in the first season of the Welsh Premier League.
In 1993, he took over as player-manager of Connah's Quay Nomads, where his playing career came to an end following a broken leg sustained during a game against Llansantffraid on the opening day of the 1996–97 season.
After 14 years in charge of the Nomads, Powell took over as manager of Bangor City in 2007, replacing Steve Bleasdale. He presided over the most successful days in the club's history since the heady days of back-to-back title wins in the league's early years, winning the Welsh Cup for three consecutive seasons from 2008 to 2010 and beating FC Honka in the Europa League 3–2 on aggregate in July 2010.
The feats were capped by a Welsh Premier title win in 2011, when City started the campaign with 15 consecutive wins and defeated full-timers The New Saints on the last day of the season to lift the crown.
Powell was the league's manager of the year in 2009-10 and 2010-11. On 25 July 2016, news broke that Powell had been "relieved of his duties" by a Cheshire-based consortium which had taken over at City.