Back in April Caernarfon Town were on the brink of promotion back to the Welsh Premier League, but a shock verdict that the club had failed in its attempt to gain the Welsh Premier League license angered boss Iwan Williams. Five months on and he’s as keen as ever to defend the Huws Gray Alliance title with the Cofis.
On April 22nd, the boss was left angry at the club’s failure to gain the license he was led to believe they were going to achieve. The setback left him considering his position at the club.
There was a lot of anger and frustration in the air especially from mine and the players perspective as we were lead to believe that we would attain the licence up until the verdict was announced. It nearly ended my managerial career before I really got going as I said from day one I’d win us the league that year! I’ve learned a great deal from it though and the experience will serve me well as a manager.
However, he believes the club are better served for its failings last season.
Although as strange as this may sound, and as difficult it is not to see Caernarfon Town back in the Welsh Premier League but I believe the club will also be stronger for it. Lessons have now been learnt and a new board has stepped in to drive the club forward.
The Everton scout also wants to follow up last season’s double with another successful campaign at the Oval.
He said “Nothing has changed, the objective is to retain our title and get the club back to the WPL. We’re only concentrating on ourselves and our own performances.” Before adding “We’re in a better position now than what we were at this point 12 months ago and we went on to win it convincingly. It’s going to be difficult but we’re up for the challenge.”
The club have made a steady start their title defence, as they sit in second place, two points behind league leaders Prestatyn Town who have played a game less.
However, Williams is far from content with the start.
“I’m still hurting from the Denbigh and Prestatyn games! With the squad we had available at Denbigh, I would have happily taken a draw if someone offered it to me beforehand, but to lose the lead that we had so late on was a bitter pill to swallow. Prestatyn were better than us all over the park and deserved the convincing win, no excuses! However, what I am happy about is the way we’ve bounced back and grinded results out since. We’ve shown a lot of character and desire since that loss to Prestatyn and when you take into account the number of suspensions and injuries we’ve experienced then it’s all credit to those who have stepped in.”
Williams has seemingly found the transition into management one of ease. It certainly seems the case from the outside. However, he has found it a difficult and challenging period.
“It’s impossible to explain how much work it actually consists of. In saying that though I’m partially to blame for feeling that way as I tend to put everything in to everything I do. However any manager will tell you that there isn’t a second that goes by where football isn’t on your mind and you’re constantly on the go! How I’m still married is a question only my wife can answer!”
He certainly know how he wants his team to go about their way of getting results too. There will be no long ball football on show at the Oval, with Williams at the helm, everything is on the ground.
“I like to play quick passing football. We do everything two touch max in training and we consistently do possession boxes. I encourage the players to trust each other and build togetherness within the changing room. If you get players who are willing to run through brick walls for one another then you’ve got the foundation of a successful side.”
It’s clear Williams has built a strong force in the Huws Gray Alliance with Caernarfon Town, and wants to continue to push the club onwards. He faces a difficult challenge in repeating last year’s success, but there is no doubt, if he can get his players to work for him as much as he did last year, despite the outgoings from the squad after a title winning season, then they’re on their way to another successful season.