Aberbargoed chairman in temporary charge
ABERBARGOED Buds chairman John Lewis will take charge of the side for Friday night's Welsh Cup tie against ground-sharing and Division One rivals Risca United (kick off 7.15pm).
Aberbargoed have advertised for a new manager following the weekend sacking of Adrian Needs after a 2-0 away defeat at the hands of Cambrian & Clydach.
The results left the club one from the bottom of the 16-strong division after eight games of their first campaign back in the top flight following relegation.
Lewis, a former manager of the club, will take over dug-out duties against Risca, who will be the home side at the Centre of Excellence at Ystrad Mynach.
Former Wales semi-professional cap Needs joined Aberbargoed in June 2014 from then-director-off-football Lewis, who had been in temporary manager charge following the resignation of player-boss Alwyn Jones.
It was the third time Needs had served under Lewis, who was his manager at now-defunct Ebbw Vale and Merthyr Tydfil (now Town).
“No matter what the level of football, this is a results business and we have lost six of the first eight league games and the last two were against sides also in the bottom five (Afan Lido and C&C),” remarked Lewis, who appeared for Aberbargoed before becoming a professional with Cardiff City, Newport County and Swansea City. .
“We spoke to him (Needs) before these two matches and made it clear he had a couple of games to save his job, but sadly it didn't happen for him - the decision was eventually taken by the committee as a whole.”
Lewis confirmed top scorer Tom McCarthy has informed the club he will now concentrate on road-running instead of football and that midfielder Scott Armitage had also left.
Needs had previously led AFC Porth, then of Division One, to a Welsh League Cup triumph and revealed his anguish at losing his job with Aberbargoed: “I am disappointed not to be given more time to turn it around.
“I got them promoted with a young squad and the players needed time to adjust to Division One football. Some players are also unhappy with the decision and I understand there may be a few who might leave the club.”
Aberbargoed have placed an advertisement for a new manager on, part of which reads: “Applicants would ideally have Welsh League playing/management experience and preferably, but not essentially, hold a minimum UEFA B Licence.”
Besides Needs, his assistant Rob Lewis and coach Craig Evans have also left Aberbargoed.