Who will become the next coach – or coaches – of Ynys Môn women’s football team ?
It was announced this week that Karen Williams and Mo Eynon were stepping down from leading the side following the most successful period in its history.
Applications are being invited for their successors, so who might be the next person (or persons) in place by the time of the 2023 Island Games in Guernsey ?
It’s always a bit of harmless fun at times like this to speculate and pick one or two potential likely candidates, as well as rank outsiders.
Grassroots North Wales has not received ‘insider information’ from anyone connected with Anglesey football or talked to any potential applicants. This is purely light-hearted speculation…..
Already a successful manager in men’s football with Trearddur Bay, he is now making progress with the village’s women’s side.
Would benefit from having experienced and quality assistants on hand at the Bay, such as Ashleigh Jones and Stacey Evans.
Great record as boss of Holyhead Town, with whom he once won back-to-back league titles and is now leading them again in the North Wales Coast West Division One.
Has a close connection with the ladies squad at Amlwch Town, who usually provide numerous Ynys Môn players.
Adrian Jones/Wayne Jones
Wayne has played a major role in the development of women’s football on Anglesey over the years. Although he has taken a break from the game, could this be time for a comeback ?
The chief minus could be the fact he follows Cymru everywhere and also….would he have to give up his full pint or mug of tea daily postings on Facebook?
Wayne would work perfectly alongside Adrian Jones, former Amlwch player-manager and now chairman. With these two, the Amlwch connection would remain on the backs of Karen and Mo’s reign. Would Aidy Glo give it a go?
Although he still remains involved in the game, The Hawk hasn’t been a manager or coach of an Anglesey team for some time.
Age would be no barrier to this evergreen, who once managed the mighty Bangor City, Porthmadog and Cemaes Bay, as well as being part of Wrexham AFC’s set-up.
Yes it was a long time ago, but experience is priceless and with one or two capable heads around him, a Hawk-led return could work.
His personality alone would bring massive interest to the role and the team.
The biggest barrier would be getting him back from Turkey. Horse racing magnate Alan Wood is reportedly refusing to pay Fenerbahçe S.K’s £5.75 ransom demand.
Andrew ‘Lefty’ Wright
Would be ideal as main coach, assistant, head of football etc. Another from the Amlwch area who would be well known to all the girls and is highly respected.
Has a lot of experience working in women’s football and is a tremendous motivator. The Wright man for the job?
Just about the most dynamic manager in Anglesey football at present.
He has worked wonders at Bodedern in recent years and the only question might be, could the club afford to let him take on what would be a temporary role (afford as in let him have time off from Bodedern, not financially).
Even if he was not to be women’s head coach, some sort of involvement for Ricky would be great. Of everyone mentioned, he probably has the least experience in women’s football, but he’s well-known and widely respected.
Hey hold on……six potential candidates mentioned and not a single woman!
How about Laura Eynon, wife of Mo, who captained the 2019 silver medalists, but has retired as a player?
Cerys Gadd? such an amazing player for Ynys Môn over the years, as well as the likes of Amlwch Town, Caernarfon Town and Bangor City. Would be an invaluable member of the coaching team, possibly a player-coach.
Nicky Davies? Would Wales’ most-capped keeper from Menai Bridge be interested in a coaching role?
She was phenomenal as the squad’s number one keeper in 2019; might she put herself up for selection again? Any sort of involvement would be great.
Yes, we may well have missed out someone obvious; yes, not one of the above mentioned may even apply, but these are just a few thoughts for now……