Manager Morgan quits Celtic

Gareth Morgan

CWMBRAN Celtic have began the process to find a fifth manager in less than three season following the departure of Gareth Morgan.

Cardiff-based Morgan has decided to leave the Celtic Park outfit, who he guided to 12th place in last season's Division One table after he took over from Alan Dibble last September.

Dibble had been started the 2011-12 campaign by replacing Ben Graham, who had resigned because of work commitments after taking over the hot-seat from Mickey Copeman the previous season.

Morgan was with Croesyceiliog between May 2009 and September, 2011 - guiding the club to a Nathaniel League Cup success, a Gwent Senior Cup final plus 4th and 6th-place league finishes.

Following this week's departure from Celtic, Morgan said: "I am really sad to be leaving such a fabulous club.

"The committee, the players and the management team, especially (assistant) Della Cheedy who has become a friend for life for me, have all been magnificent and it has been my privilege to work with them this last season.

"My decision to leave was not one I have taken lightly. But having sat down and assessed the future, I felt that it was the right decision for me moving forwards.

"I will really miss the great people I have been lucky enough to meet at the club and hope that wherever my next challenge lies, I will get to cross paths with this great club again in the future.

"I don't have any other job lined up at present nor is there any big scandal behind my decision - this is purely a footballing decision.

"I have made after giving it a heck of a lot of thought and one which while the club has been disappointed to hear, has been accepted with the sort of class you would expect from all involved."

Morgan continued by revealing two of his back-room staff - both of whom worked alongside him at Croesyceiliog.

"Darren Pugh will join me as assistant and he is someone who has a hell of a lot to offer the players and myself while my brother Rhodri Morgan will also join as goalkeeper coach."

"There is one more vacancy which I will be looking to fill and that is of a coach or player-coach - although I have not yet finalised the identity of this person."

Watkins said the club is pleased with the appointment of Morgan and commented: "He has a fine record as a manager and coach and we are sure he will do well here.

"He will have and be able be able to work with what he feels are the essentials for a coach and manager- viz, a free hand from club management to put his ideals into practice, a good back up team and, very importantly, a really good playing surface to play and train on.

"He is impressed with this (3G) surface - and we are impressed with his ideas and vision on how Llanwern can be developed and taken forward over this and succeeding seasons."

"We look forward to working with him and his team on what can only be described by us as an adventure with a new manager, a new set up and a new stadium."

Morgan was with Croesyceiliog between May 2009 and September, 2011 - guiding the club to a shock 3-1 NLC win over Goytre United at Bridgend Town's Brewery Field, a Gwent Senior Cup final plus 4th and 6th-place league finishes.

Soon he was appointed as boss of Cwmbran Celtic following the resignation of Alan Dibble and at one stage of last season, had guided the team into second place following five successive victories.

However a lack of goals was the chief reason Celtic eventually finished in 12th place - the same position they had ended the previous season.

Under player-manager Owen, Llanwern finished 10th of 15 at the end of the 2011-12 season, which was blighted by a constant lengthy injury list and player unavailability.

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