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A FORMER Welsh Premier player of the season, Simon Davies has been promoted to the position of head of Manchester City's Elite Development Squad, after succeeding Patrick Vieira in the role following the Frenchman's decision to take charge of New York City FC.

Davies was Vieira's former assistant at City, helping the club's youngsters to a Premier League International Cup title, while the side top Group D in the UEFA Youth League this season.

The 41-year-old will hope to continue his fine record with the club now he has been appointed the head of the EDS squad, and the former Bangor City, TNS and Rhyl midfielder paid tribute to Vieira following the announcement.

"It was an honour to work with Patrick and it's a privilege to take on the task of continuing the fantastic work he's undertaken with a talented and dedicated group of players," said Davies, who hung up his boots in 2007.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Patrick for his mentorship and guidance over the past two and a half years and to thank Txiki Begiristain and everyone at the club for this fantastic opportunity."

Davies made 11 Premiership appearances for Manchester United where he gained a full Welsh international cap before joining Luton Town for £150,000 in 1997. 

He then had spells at Rochdale and Macclesfield Town before joining Bangor City, where he was Welsh Premier player of the season in 2002/3. 

Davies then spent one year at TNS on a full-time contract before returning to Farrar Road, but signed for Rhyl midway through season 2004/5. 

He was absent from the league for two years, coaching and playing for Chester Reserves, before making a surprise move to Airbus UK in February 2007, but did not add to his 97 (+11) Welsh Premier appearances with the Wingmakers, which yielded nine goals.