- Newport City name three new coaches


WELSH League strugglers Newport City have strengthened their management team by naming a new player-assistant boss and a couple of coaches.

The bottom-placed Division Two side has signed defender-midfielder Dean Palmer from Monmouth Town to become manager Sam Houldsworth's number two, Richard Morgan from Cardiff Metropolitan University as first-team coach and capital-based Dan Hicks as coach-player liaison.

Defender/midfielder Palmer was part of Monmouth's Division One title-winning squad in 2013-2014, Morgan is a former Aberystwyth Town and Pontypridd Town player while Hicks has been out of football for a couple of seasons after he left his post as Caerau (Ely)'s reserve-team chief.

City were re-branded from Llanwern AFC in the summer and appointed Cardiff-based Ben Clifford as their first manager, but made a poor start to the 2016-2017 campaign.

On September 24 last year, City announced they had brought in Houldsworth from Pontypridd as Clifford's assistant and he had an immediate impact as the club posted their first league win on the same day - winning 3-2 at Abergavenny Town.

However the following month, City were deducted three points for unknowingly fielding an ineligible player against Abergavenny and on December 1, they issued a statement they had parted company with Clifford by mutual consent.

A few days later, Clifford explained a new job plus his duties as a part-time coach with Cardiff City's youth set-up meant he could not continue with his City role.

Houldsworth was named as the number one and although performances have improved somewhat, results have not and they are currently 10 points from safety with only 14 fixtures remaining.

They would have hoped to earn three crucial points from Saturday's home clash with the team above them, Swansea-based West End, but the game has been postponed because of a prominent member of the visitors' set-up has passed away.

* City are seeking volunteers to help with match-day duties at Newport Stadium and with fund-raising. Those interested should contact club secretary Nic Webb on 07725 472653.