NEWLY appointed Llanrhaeadr manager Dan Stevens has insisted the team spirit fostered by predecessor Mario Iaquinta will be vital in his debut season at the helm.
The ambitious 28-year-old was appointed as Iaquinta’s successor this week after a successful spell at Ellesmere Rangers, where he ran youth and reserve sides.
However Stevens insisted his main objective in his debut season will be masterminding survival.
“I am proud to have been appointed manager of Llanrhaeadr Football Club,” said Stevens. “I had been looking for such a challenge for many years and now the hard work begins.
“The club had a reprieve from relegation last season and my main goal will be ensuring we consolidate at this level.
“I have watched a few games at this level over the past few years and know we will be up against clubs with big budgets, but I also feel that this club has a great team spirit.”
Stevens also hopes the club’s supporters will get behind the new regime as they did Iast season.
“Llanrhaeadr is a football village and enjoy great gates for home games,” added Stevens. “In a lot of ways they are a similar club to Ellesmere Rangers in that respect.
“I have been really impressed by the club so far and want to help take the club forward.”
Stevens’ first task will be to forge close links between the first team and the reserve and junior sides.
“I know from experience the importance of a close relationship between sides at all levels and will be looking to ensure this is the case at Llanrhaeadr this season.
“I think if the club can stick together and pull in the same direction then we will be OK this season.”
Llanrhaeadr vice-chairman Bob Williams and secretary Huw Williams backed the young manager to succeed.
“He has an excellent CV for such a young manager and impressed us all with his enthusiasm,” said Williams.
“It is a step up for him but Dan has our every confidence that he can build on the success of staying up last season.”
Williams added: “He has great experience at coaching and management and we welcome him.”