The Seagulls - Established 1881


14 September 2018

THE SEAGULLS made the move to appoint Craig Hogg as the new first-team manager ahead of Saturday's trip to Clitheroe. Neil Coverley has been made assistant manager.

The board announced the decision to supporters at a meeting on Thursday evening and Hogg, 36 and a UEFA A candidate with the FAW, commented: "I feel privileged to have been appointed manager of Colwyn Bay FC.

"Colwyn Bay is a big club in North Wales and I know how fortunate I am for this to be my first job in management.

"The irony hasn't escaped me that my first job as a manager is with the club I first joined as 20-year-old after being released by Everton.

"I've learnt a great deal during the last seven years as an assistant and I've given that role everything. I fully intend to do the same now whilst continuing my evolution as a coach and now manager.

"Neil Coverley has agreed to take the role of assistant manager and I'm delighted by that.

"He and I are really looking forward to working with all at the club and we aim to give our loyal fans something to be proud of on this journey."

Their first game in charge is at Clitheroe who have lost four of their opening five league games and who also lost their manager this week when Stuart Mellish resigned after his conceded ten goals in two homes in the space of four days in the past week.

His assistant Lee Ashforth takes caretaker charge for now, assisted by former Colwyn Bay player Dave Mannix, and he told Clitheroe fans this week: "We will pull together as a squad and see what the future holds. We have a great group of players and will be doing everything we can to get three points this coming Saturday."

Hoggy commented: "Both dressing rooms will be looking to reignite their seasons and we will both be looking for a big response from the players.

"I'm expecting a huge test, but it is one we will be ready to face."

At Thursday's supporters meeting acting Bay chairman Bill Murray said the board made the decision on Hogg and Coverley because they fully believe they can do a good job.

Mr. Murray explained the departure of Alan Morgan was due to further cuts in the playing budget which, he feared, will have to continue over the coming season if the club is too stay solvent - unless new investment is forthcoming.

"We currently can't survive purely on the gate money we are getting from home games and we refuse to spend money we don't have," he said. "The long term plan is for local players to be groomed through the newly formed reserve team to first-team level, but that can't happen overnight and it may be next season before the club start to see the benefits of that policy."

WORDS: Tim Channon