Davies returns to his roots


Gavin Grosvenor

MIKE Davies has returned to his roots to join the coaching staff of Llansantffraid Village Football Club academy.

The 33-year-old former TNS manager becomes the latest addition to an impressive roll call of coaches assembled over the past 12 months.

Davies said: “Llansantffraid is a club close to my heart having played for them as a youngster before going on to Shrewsbury Town. It is a fine club and has a deserved reputation for producing young players.

“I have a lot of respect for what the club is trying to do and it is great to be part of the project with exciting times ahead.”

Davies represented Welshpool and UWIC Inter Cardiff in the Welsh Premier before his career was brought to a premature end through injury in 2001.

However Davies continued to develop as a coach and after assisting Darren Ryan at Newtown and Andy Cale at TNS the former Llanfair Caereinion High School student was given the top job at TNS in 2010.

Davies famously masterminded the Saints two legged win over Bohemians in the UEFA Champions League, finishing the campaign with defeats against Anderlecht and CSKA Sofia respectively.

Davies departed TNS in 2011 and linked up with AFC Telford before taking a break from football.

Davies added: “Currently with work commitments I do not have the time for senior football, but I wanted to keep my toe in the game and I am delighted to help out Llansantffraid Village.”

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