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Merthyr Appoint From Within
Merthyr Appoint From Within
Dean Clarke has been announced as the new manager of `mothballed` Pitching In Southern Football League Premier Division South club Merthyr Town.
Sunday 31 January 21 I 09:16:53 I Photo by

The experienced former player, who has over 500 Southern League games to his name - 347 of them for Merthyr - will take charge of the club for their 2021/22 season after Gavin Williams (pictured) decided not to return to the helm.

 

Clarke first signed for the club back in the summer of 1998, making many appearances before signing a deal with Newport County. 

 

During his career, he has also represented the likes of Hereford United, Cheltenham Town, Barry Town and Bath City, following his departure from Penydarren Park. 

 

Known for his contribution to Merthyr Tydfil’s promotion fight during the late 1990s and early 2000s, as well as enjoying success when the Martyrs won the Toolstation Western League after their reformation in 2010/11, he will now look to explore a new chapter in the football club's history as their fight back begins ahead of next season.

 

A statement from the club reads: “We are grateful to Gavin for what he has achieved in his time as manager of the Martyrs. After the first season ended in play-off heartbreak losing out to Hitchin Town in the semi-finals on penalties, Gavin committed his future to the club. The following seasons introduced some challenges with off-field issues impacting directly on the first team squad. Gavin continued his positivity and productive work, including key recruitment.

 

“The last two seasons began to take its toll, with small squads travelling away from home and, the loss of ten first team players at the end of the 2019/20 season, and the suspension of football in 2020/21. Gavin took a step away from the first team managerial role before the scheduled start of the 2020/21 season. His time away from the role has helped him assess his future and what is best for both himself and the club.

 

“His dedication, time and service will always be remembered, and endlessly thanked by everyone at Merthyr Town Football Club. We wish Gavin all the very best for the future”.

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Merthyr Appoint From Within
Merthyr Appoint From Within
Sunday 31 January 21 I 09:16:53
Photo by

The experienced former player, who has over 500 Southern League games to his name - 347 of them for Merthyr - will take charge of the club for their 2021/22 season after Gavin Williams (pictured) decided not to return to the helm.

 

Clarke first signed for the club back in the summer of 1998, making many appearances before signing a deal with Newport County. 

 

During his career, he has also represented the likes of Hereford United, Cheltenham Town, Barry Town and Bath City, following his departure from Penydarren Park. 

 

Known for his contribution to Merthyr Tydfil’s promotion fight during the late 1990s and early 2000s, as well as enjoying success when the Martyrs won the Toolstation Western League after their reformation in 2010/11, he will now look to explore a new chapter in the football club's history as their fight back begins ahead of next season.

 

A statement from the club reads: “We are grateful to Gavin for what he has achieved in his time as manager of the Martyrs. After the first season ended in play-off heartbreak losing out to Hitchin Town in the semi-finals on penalties, Gavin committed his future to the club. The following seasons introduced some challenges with off-field issues impacting directly on the first team squad. Gavin continued his positivity and productive work, including key recruitment.

 

“The last two seasons began to take its toll, with small squads travelling away from home and, the loss of ten first team players at the end of the 2019/20 season, and the suspension of football in 2020/21. Gavin took a step away from the first team managerial role before the scheduled start of the 2020/21 season. His time away from the role has helped him assess his future and what is best for both himself and the club.

 

“His dedication, time and service will always be remembered, and endlessly thanked by everyone at Merthyr Town Football Club. We wish Gavin all the very best for the future”.

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