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Airbus UK Broughton: Wingmakers plan to unveil new director of football within days

AIRBUS UK Broughton will reveal their new director of football soon.

The club is still interviewing applicants for the job but expect to unveil their new boss on Sunday or Monday.

They have been forced to try to find a replacement for Craig Harrison, who left to take up the role of director of football at Welsh Premier rivals The New Saints after negotiations took place over Christmas.

And the two-week gap created while the Welsh Premier clears a small backlog of games from its first phase has given the Wingmakers the perfect opportunity to take their time over their appointment.

While Gareth Owen and Andy Thomas have run training and kept things ticking over without a game to play, Airbus official have been busy filtering and interviewing the candidates they believe could finally take the club into the top six of the Welsh Premier.

“This has been such a lengthy process because we want to get the right person for the club,” said Airbus chief operations officer Stewart Roberts.

The successful candidate will have a big job to do.

Emulating what Harrison brought to the club, they will be responsible not just for the first team, but also for making the club’s academy a success and they will have a part to play in all aspects of the football club.

“The standard of applicants has been very high,” said Roberts.

“We want them to have experience as a manager, with the profile to attract big players, the knowledge to produce top talent from our academy and to be able to take the club forward.

“All the applicants we have spoken to have this experience and we are still speaking to potential candidates.”

Last week it was reported that among those who had thrown their name in the hat were Aberystwyth boss Alan Morgan, Cefn Druids manager and former Chester City assistant Huw Griffiths and Dr Andy Cale, the vastly-experienced former TNS and Newtown manager.

But no names have been formally confirmed by Airbus.

“I obviously cannot reveal who we have spoken to,” said Roberts.

“But knowing the candidates I would like to think our appointment will capture the imagination.

“I would like to think that the person we select will create a real buzz among Airbus fans, players and officials.”

Airbus’ fixtures for the rest of the season will not be published until Neath v Port Talbot (tonight) and Bala Town v Afan Lido (Saturday) take place.