Bangor City Football Club has appointed Stephen Vaughan Jr. as its new manager.
The former England youth international defender, 34, will take charge of the Citizens for the foreseeable future.
Vaughan Jr., who is also chairman at the club and has held a previous role as director of football, will be joined at the Eurogold Stadium by former Liverpool player David Mannix as assistant-manager who will double up as academy director, and Luke Purcell, who has been appointed as first-team coach.
The club’s coaching staff have joined the newly-assembled first-team squad in Liverpool for a week-long training camp.
Vaughan, who had an interim spell in charge at the club last season in which he won all of his five games as well as having previously held a role at Malta’s Mosta FC as assistant boss, started his career at Liverpool, playing reserve and youth football, before being released in 2004 having played over 70 reserve games. He represented his country at under-15, under-17 and under-19 level.
Shortly after leaving Liverpool, Vaughan Jr. joined Chester City under the guidance of Mark Wright. He quickly became a regular at the Deva Stadium and stepped upstairs to join the hierarchy of the club in 2009.
He was made Chester’s captain at aged 21 and made more than 50 league appearances for the club before spells at Rochdale, Droylsden, Northwich Victoria, and Boston United.
“This season is all about stability for us,” said Vaughan Jr., who takes over from Gary Taylor-Fletcher, who left the club for Llandudno shortly before stepping away from management.
“I am excited about the prospect of taking over as first-team manager. Having had two years with the under-19s and a short interim spell leading the team as well as working in Malta’s BOV Premier League on a full-time basis, I feel that I am ready now to lead the team.
“With the foreign players brought in, as well as the crop of British players we have training with us at present, we will look to have a competitive side in the league.
“There are a number of good quality sides in this season’s league and I am confident that after a good pre-season schedule I can –– with the help of my staff –– put a competitive side out on to the pitch on a weekly basis.”
Bangor City received a relegation reprieve from Tier 2 North recently when they had a 42-point deduction for alleged rule-breaking cut to 21 on appeal by the FAW, which ensured they stayed up on goal difference at the expense of Holywell Town.
Bangor have launched a second appeal against that 21-point deduction, to be heard by an Independent Arbitration Panel at a date yet to be decided.
However, it emerged this week that City face a possible new points deduction over fielding an allegedly ineligible player, which if proved could see them relegated.