Wales Gets New Coach

Tuesday January 19, 2016 at 10:04am

Karl Lewis, a respected football coach and current manager of Llantwit Majors FC, has been added to the management team of the Wales Minifootball squad.

Manager Barry John says he made the decision to expand his backroom.

This is a review that occurs after every tournament, as Barry explained: “I felt it was important to carry a review to identify where we could improve.
“This is a process we began after following on from Montenegro in 2014, and we felt that we just needed to add better quality to the squad. 

“I took time out to reflect on the performances of the squad and again it has been agreed that we need to freshen up the squad and we hope to bring in more quality and stiffer competition for places going forward,” said John.

However the Manager decided to give the coaching set-up a spruce up: “I also resolved to bring in a new coach to assist me with the development of the Wales Mini Football team, after much deliberating and research I shortlisted two men for the job, after a chat to both men I deciding to bring in Karl.”

The new man has a been a coach at Penybont FC and formerly Bryntirion FC for many years, over the years and has gained valuable experience at being the 1st team coach working alongside the manager of the Welsh League Division 1 side, who play in the 2nd tier of Welsh football pyramid system. As well coaching the 1st team Karl was also the reserve team Manager where he led them to the league title in 2014.

As well as coaching at Penybont Karl also assisted the junior development squads and the Swansea City development squad which is based at Penybont FC.

Karl felt this season was the year he should take the step up from being a coach to that of a Manger and accepted the job as Llantwit Majors first team manager, everyone at Penybont was sad to see Karl leave but supported his decision to gain more experience. So far this season Llantwit Major doing very well under Karl’s leadership.

An excited Barry believes it will stand the team in great stead for the future, welcoming him aboard by commenting: “I am sure Karl will bring some great coaching ideas to the Wales Training sessions and will use his FAW C licence qualification to hold some really positive drills, I am sure all the Wales players will benefit from having Karl on board with us.

Everyone at the UKMA and Wales Management Team wish Karl all the very best in his new position.

The license to run the Wales National team is still available. Click here for more details.

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