Bangor City FC has today sacked 52-year-old Neville Powell after nine years in charge of the club. Having been taken over last month by a new consortium, they decided today that after a “difficult pre season build up” that a change was required.
Powell accepted the decision by the new consortium and stated:
“The club has new owners,they want to bring in their own people, and I respect that”.
Powell added that he has no hard feelings towards Bangor City FC following his sacking from the club.
Powell’s nine years in charge have been relatively successful. In his time he has won three Welsh Cups, a Welsh Premier League title, a victory in Europe, as well as a modern-day British record of 15 wins from the start of the 2010/11 season.
Neville Powell became first team manager in 2007 after playing for the club in the 1980’s. It took Powell a year to win his first silverware winning the Welsh Cup in 2008 and followed this up by winning the trophy a further two times in consecutive seasons in 2009 and 2010. Bangor City FC would go on to appear in a further two finals under the leadership of Powell.
Bangor City FC and Powell enjoyed a famous result in 2010/11 Europa League, defeating FC Honka of Finland 3-2 on aggregate; Powell becoming the only man to win an European tie as player and manager for the club. As a player he had featured in a team which had beaten Norwegian team, Fredrikstad in the now discontinued Cup Winners Cup, drawing the tie 1-1 over two legs and going through on the away goals rule.
The club and Neville Powell’s finest moment came in 2010/11 season; winning the Welsh Premier League; their first championship in 16 years, defeating The New Saints 1-0 on the final day of the season, signing off the clubs last ever season at the Farrar Road Stadium.
Bangor City took the title to the wire in the following season, which they lost to TNS.
Powell had always felt that winning the title with Bangor City FC as a part-time team was an amazing achievement and for him his greatest moment managing the club.
Since their Welsh Premier League win things havent gone according to plan, finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th before a further decline finishing 19th in 2014/15 and finally 9th last year in what was Neville Powell’s final season with the club.
The club’s statement has said
“Bangor City FC have today announced that they have relieved manager Neville Powell of his duties with the club. The club would like to thank Neville for all the hard work he has done over the years and wish him well in the future”
The club has also said they will honour Powell with a testimonial match towards the end of the current season.
The club added:
“A replacement will be announced at the earliest opportunity as the club seek to bring stability on the playing side of the club after a difficult pre-season build up”
Powell will now have some time away from football, said
“I’ve been in football all my life and will return in the future, but for now I’ll take a break. I wish Bangor City all the best”
Bangor City FC now begin the search for a new manager.