A SERIES of tweets last night from owner Gary Dewhurst appears to signal the imminent end of his substantial investment in Connah's Quay Nomads.
Dewhurst tweeted "Football clubs should be run by the fans..the community 2018 will be 10 x years and £2.5m invested by me. Done my bit for Welsh football. What pisses me off about top tier Welsh football is the TOTAL lack of respect or thanks for the investment...from inside/outside the club.
"Tonight I've pulled my son out of the gap CQ Academy too..it would be a contradiction otherwise. Amazing ONE email tipped me over the edge. 100 x Day Plan starts tomorrow to transition Nomads to a Community Club...will be an interesting journey...Academy will be key.
"Nomads - Community Club Will honour all contracts and bonuses in place today.. Assume club is still ambitious without me."
Dewhurst, who owns Gap Personnel, first became involved in Welsh football with Queens Park and has since also provided financial support for other clubs, including Brickfield Rangers, Holyhead Town and Rhyl, took over the Nomads in June 2008, with Caernarfon boss Steve O'Shaughnessy leaving The Oval to take over as manager.
But, at the end of the following season and despite a ninth-placed finish, the club parted company with O'Shaughnessy and Jim Hackett was recalled for a second spell on Deeside. The Nomads finished in a respectable ninth position but the following season, 2009/10, proved to be the end of their 18 years' unbroken membership of the top flight.
Under player-manager Mark McGregor and coach Ken Price, Quay missed the cut for the new 12-club Welsh Premier and also failing to gain the necessary FAW domestic licence. The Nomads bounced back by winning the Huws Gray Alliance title at the first attempt but were controversially denied a licence and were forced to remain in the second tier. Undaunted, they clinched the title for the second time in a row and, after also gaining their licence, returned to the top flight in 2012.
Fortunes took another turn for the better following the appointment of former Airbus assistant Andy Morrison in November 2015. Since then, Nomads have twice qualified for Europe, achieved their best-ever Welsh Premier finish as runners-up last season, and started a transition to full-time status with seven players placed on full-time contracts this term.