NEWTOWN Football Club have welcomed the addition of Nathan Leonard to the coaching staff.

The former Guilsfield manager arrives at Latham Park as assistant to Scott Ruscoe with long-term incumbent Callum McKenzie now turning his focus to the academy and women’s set-up.

Leonard will need to introduction to supporters as the long-serving manager of JD Cymru North side Guilsfield prior to his departure last month.

During his tenure at Clos Mytton the Oswestry-based manager consistently secured the village club a top four finish.


A club spokesman said: “Newtown AFC is delighted to announce the appointment of Nathan Leonard as the clubs new first team assistant manager.

“Nathan brings a wealth of football knowledge to Newtown AFC having done an outstanding job with Guilsfield in the Cymru North.

“We eagerly anticipate his contributions and look forward to seeing the impact he will have on our team.”

Leonard is the son of ex-Newtown player Carleton Leonard who also represented Shrewsbury Town and Hereford United.

Leonard’s arrival will see Callum McKenzie depart the first team bench having assisted Chris Hughes, Bernard McNally and Darren Ryan over the past decade.

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In the updated club structure, McKenzie will focus on several key areas within the club.

He will continue to manage the club’s Category A Academy as well as the Scholarship Programme as it advances into its second year, providing a vital source of new players for the club.|

McKenzie will oversee the ongoing partnership with Powys County Council which includes the Powys Schools Programme, and will also manage the development of the girls structure, now incorporating e newly introduced Girls U19 team.

The spokesman added: “This pathway is essential for nurturing local talent and integrating them into the first team, ensuring a strong future for Newtown AFC.

“We thank Callum for his unwavering commitment to the first team over the last decade. During his tenure the club has experienced significant success, including three European tours, a Welsh Cup final, a league cup final and two play off wins”

Manager Scott Ruscoe also extended his gratitude to McKenzie for his “pivotal role” in the club’s decade of success and looked forward to working alongside Leonard.