NEWTOWN Football Club have parted company with manager Chris Hughes by mutual consent.

The JD Cymru Premier club confirmed the shock news on today and follows the weekend's 4-0 defeat at Barry Town United with the Powys club currently fourth in the table.

The 44-year-old was appointed in November 2013 and guided the club into the play-offs for the first time, before leading them to play off glory the following season.

The former Prestatyn, Rhyl, Buckley and Caersws number two then over saw the historic Europa League win over Valletta and a tie against FC Copenhagen.

Hughes, who previously worked as a sports development officer now works at Glyndwr University as well as holding his UEFA Pro Licence.

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The statement read: "The board of directors at Newtown Association Football Club announces that Chris Hughes is departing his role as first team manager by mutual consent.

"After a successful decade with the club, this decision marks the end of a significant era for Newtown Football Club.

"Chris has been instrumental in establishing Newtown AFC as a steadfast team within the Cymru Premier. Through his guidance the team has achieved consistent performances with the team often finishing in the top six of the league and on three occasions experiencing European football.

"The board expressed profound gratitude to Chris for his unwavering dedication over the past 10 years. His contributions have been pivotal to the club's achievements and have left a lasting impact on the club.

"As Chris moves on we wish him the utmost success in future endeavours. His legacy at Newtown AFC will be remembered with great respect and appreciation."