What was it about the challenge of managing Conwy Borough that attracted you to the club?
I honestly was ready to walk away from managing following a short break after leaving Denbigh. I had a few offers to help out in various roles at other clubs and agreed a deal to go to a Cymru Alliance club but once Conwy contacted me and asked me to manage the club it was a no brainer. The club has so much potential with the people working in the back ground and the improvements made to the ground. I felt the location was great to with having contacts across the coast I was confident I could get players to come in and buy into what we are looking to achieve here.
How important was the capture of Alun as assistant manager?
Massive for both the club and myself. I have known Alun for years and once he became available I thought I’ll give him a try but with his previous track record I knew he would have other offers on the table. We meet several times before he came on board but his professionalism and his detail is superb. We both have a clear goal and with the contacts we both had we soon built a list of targets to try and get to the club. We have structured the set up so all staff on the coaching side know their jobs and it’s a partnership I am hoping will last a long time.
Ambitions for the coming season
This is a difficult league and with a brand-new team we are under no illusions how big a task we have in hand. We have recruited players with a hunger, desire and commitment so I hope we can challenge for the title at the first time of asking. It’s a massive challenge but one that I am looking forward to. It will be good to go to different grounds and working alongside Alun and the squad over the coming season.
Who do you see as being in contention for the League this season?
That’s a tough one as several teams will feel they have a realistic chance and have the ambition to win the league then test themselves in the Cymru Alliance. Llangefni Town will be up there whilst Nantlle Vale and Llanrug have recruited well. I also like and know plenty of the boys from Llandyrnog and I expect them to mount a challenge. That said it’s a tough league and on the day, anyone can beat anyone.
How competitive will the League be?
It has always been a competitive league, I feel over the last few season the whole of the pyramid structure has improved due to players dropping down from the Welsh Premier League this improving the standard of the other leagues. The other thing with the league is if you do well in the cup competitions you can be playing catch up late in the season with plenty of midweek matches.
Updated 18:48 - 23 Aug 2017 by Andrew Brockbank