Former Hereford No2 is sacked as Seasiders manager


Gavin Grosvenor

MATTHEW Bishop has been axed as manager of Aberystwyth Town after less than a season of charge.

Bishop was assistant manager at Hereford last season before the chance to manage his hometown club in the Dafabet Welsh Premier tempted him away from Edgar Street.

However with the Seasiders in deepening relegation danger the axe has fallen on Bishop while the Park Avenue club look to re-shape their management structure.

Club chairman Tony Bates confirmed Bishop had been replaced by his assistant Wayne Jones as the club desperately strives to maintain its top flight status.

Bates said: “Since Christmas the team’s performance has often been below par and as most of the problems have been laid at Matthew’s feet it is unsurprising that he feels acute disappointment at the team’s apparent ability to commit football suicide.

“I personally remain  of the view that Matthew can play an important role in the future development of the club but on balance I and the board consider that allowing his excellent assistant Wayne Jones to run the team over the forthcoming games will demonstrate to players, fans and sponsors the club’s determination to avoid relegation.

“Once that is achieved we can regroup and put the lessons learned this season to good effect in the next.”

Bishop arrived at Park Avenue with expectations high having garnered a reputation for being an emerging top coach through his role with the English FA as a national coach educator.

During his one season with Hereford as assistant to Peter Beadle the Bulls completed a treble and reached the final of the FA Vase having previously held roles at Aldershot, Newport County,  Cwmbran Town, Port Talbot Town, Bryntirion Athletic, Porthmadog, Caernarrfon Town and the Welsh set-up.

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