- Costa seeks stability for Aberbargoed Buds


HE ONCE shared the same Theature of Dreams as Manchester United and Wales legend Ryan Giggs and now Lee Costa has followed the Old Trafford legend into football management.
However while Giggs prepares to continue his dug-out education as new United boss Jose Mourinho's assistant, Costa has been named as boss of Welsh League Division One outfit Aberbargoed Buds.
It's the 45-year-old's first senior managerial appointment and he takes over from John Lewis, who resigned shortly before Aberbargoed's eventuall relegation from Division One at the end of last season.
Costa signed schoolboy forms for United as a 14-year-old joined United as a 14-year-old in 1985, when Ron Atkinson was manager, and he spent five years at Old Trafford - later coming under the eagle eye of Alex Ferguson.
He was a regular youth-team colleague of Giggs, but was released in June 1991 and joined Berkshire-based Chesham United, where he played alongside former Liverpool ace Mark Lawrenson.
Two seasons later, Costa returned to Wales to appear for Merthyr Tydfil, now-defunct Ebbw Vale and Ton Pentre before he taking up coaching junior teams - eventually progressing to becoming academy coach with Merthyr Town.
Costa remarked: “With the support from the committee, all officers of the club and most importantly the players, I am sure that we can stabalise the club and keep it competing in the Welsh League for many more seasons to come.
“The club was relegated last season and it's vital we halt that decline and I am currently in the process of appointing back-room staff to help me with the task at hand.”
Having played under such illustrious managers during his time with Manchester United, has Costa picked up any good tips: “Yes I have and one is if any young players wish to come along and join this club, they need to be fully committed - because I will be.”
Costa is not the only change to be made at Aberbargoed as former secretary Mark Giffard has returned to take over from Lewis as chairman while wife Lisa is the club's new secretary.
The 2016-2017 Welsh League season will be Aberbargoed's second on the 3G playing surface they share at the Centre of Sporting Excellence at Ystrad Mynach with Division One outfit Risca United.