“We are in dialogue with most of the squad and announcements will be made post the last game of the season on Friday.”
Manager Iwan Williams
Hi Iwan, we have reached the final week of our season in which has been a rollercoaster for everyone involved! I’m sure there’s a sense of relief but also a sense of excitement for you to have seen it out and look to get your first full season underway next year?
Yes it’s been a rollercoaster that’s for sure! But thankfully we’re safe and we can now start putting in place our philosophy for next season and trying to create a new identity for the team / club. When I came in, I knew the expectations and the ambitions of the club and it was a case of trying to get over the line as quickly as possible so we can now try and re-build. It’s been a testing time but sometimes in life you have to experience the worst in order to get better and we’ve certainly had that experience. It’s a clean slate now though where we can implement our standards fully because you do worry when coming in half way through the season about making too many changes because some players can’t handle change and with us bounded by the transfer window it was important we kept the harmony.
Saturday was our last game at home this season and it was also Lee Thomas’ last home game in a Llandudno shirt after announcing he will be moving on after 15 years’ service at the club, you have had the pleasure of playing with Lee and managing him this season, he’ll certainly be missed around the place after all that time won’t he?
Lee Thomas is a raw breed in this current climate of footballers. He’s a winner throughout and you know what you get from him. When he plays he shows a lot of desire and commitment and he will be sorely missed. I hope Lee doesn’t finish playing fully though as I do believe he still has a lot to give. One thing about Lee is you knew he’d have your back on the football pitch and he had mine on a number of occasions! We wish him well and thank him for everything over the last 15 years.
Whilst we are on player announcements Marc Williams has also revealed he will be leaving the club at the end of the season along with Lee, are there any other who have announced they will be moving on and can you confirm the publicised departures?
Yes Marc and his brother Mike have been given permission to speak with other clubs. For me as a Manager it’s always difficult to have these conversations with senior figures at the club, especially given the service they’ve given me and Llandudno as a whole over the last three years. Marc has played in his non-preferred role of the number 9 for most of the time since I’ve come in and Mike has been colossal and has put his body on the line on numerous occasions. There are numerous factors to the decisions but in terms of respect we wanted to give both as much time as possible to get themselves sorted for next season. There are no further announcements as of yet, but we are in dialogue with most of the squad and announcements will be made post the last game of the season on Friday.
Barry Town Saturday was a thrilling game for the neutral, and at face value a narrow defeat wasn’t a disgrace considering their recent form, with performances for us pleasing in patches. Would you agree with that statement and put it down to playing well for 90mins the problem or did you have a different outlook on the game?
There are two main reasons why we believe we are losing games. One is stagnation and the other is we cannot deal with adversity. They are two prime reasons why changes have to be made for Llandudno Football Club to move forward. I agree we again played well in patches on Saturday, it was a carbon copy of the previous week at Carmarthen, however we still lost both games. We’ve been giving goals away too cheaply and lack grabbing games by the scruff of the neck. That’s a cultural thing which we will change in the summer. Barry are a great team though and Gav has had eleven years to implement his philosophy and even with the signings he’s made, they can integrate into his philosophy smoothly with the help of his experienced players. The way they roll inside and play in half spaces is good on the eye and difficult to play against and for me, they will have a good go in the play-offs.
Prestatyn on Friday night at the Motion Finance Stadium will be the last game of this season, although nothing to play for as such, the fans have promised a good turnout in the hope to sign off the season with a win away against our neighbours. What are you hoping for from the game?
I’d take a scrappy win! Yes, there may not be much on it but it’s about personal pride and having the self-desire and self-belief to wanting to win the game. Hopefully we can sign off with a win, we will be going there chomping at the bit though and to try and repeat the performance we showed there earlier on in the season.
Updated 12:23 - 25 Apr 2018 by Sam Williams