Gavin Price & Ashley Griffiths, the new management duo at Barry Town [South Wales Echo]
FORMER player Gavin Price is the man chosen to succeed David Hughes as manager of seven-times Welsh Premier champions Barry Town, assisted by another former player, Ashley Griffiths.
Hughes resigned earlier this week after chairman Stuart Lovering revealed a major cut in the playing budget would take immediate effect.
Price played for the Club in 1985/6 before joining Bridgend Town, returning to the club in 1992/3 during the exile period in Worcester.
With Griffiths as his assistant he managed Dinas Powys to sixth place in the Motaquote Welsh League last season.
Griffiths joined Bristol Rovers as an apprentice in 1979 and played seven senior games before joining Torquay United in 1981. He signed for Barry Town in 1983 from Gloucester City, eventually becoming captain and was voted player of the season in 1984/5.
After a short spell with Newport County he rejoined Barry in 1992, playing 36 games for Inter Cardiff during the period of exile but returning for the 1993/4 season which culminated in the club winning the Welsh League and all cup competitions entered, including the memeorable 2-1 victory over Eddie May's Cardiff City in the Welsh Cup Final at the Arms Park.
When the Club went professional in 1995, Griffiths joined Inter Cardiff once again, making a further 58 League of Wales appearances before moving into management.
First task for the new duo is a difficult trip to fourth placed Skewen Athletic, managed by former Welsh Cup winning team-mate David D'Auria.
"They are taking over with immediate effect and will be at training tonight," said Barry director David Cole. "They will talk to the squad to explain the situation regarding the budget cuts.
"Those who want to leave will be asked to at least turn out on Saturday against Skewen, to give Gavin and Ashley a bit of leeway to bring in new faces.
"They've turned down other offers in order to join us and we must give them a chance," added Cole.
25 November 2004