BANGOR City FC officially unveiled Kevin Nicholson as their new first team manager this week.
On Tuesday, May 23, the 31-year-old, who is the youngest holder of a UEFA A license in Britain, was announced as the club’s new boss ahead of their upcoming Europa League ties.
Nicholson is a highly qualified and experienced professional coach with over 10 years of coaching and management experience at both academy and first team levels. During this time, he has developed a good reputation and a proven track record of successfully managing and developing players and teams during his career to date.
The experienced young manager has overseen the progression of talented young players at numerous elite level clubs and worked with senior professional and international players as a first team coach at EFL Championship club, Cardiff City.
Most recently, he was the Under-23 Manager at Cardiff City and previously held coaching positions at Exeter City FC, Derby County FC and Stoke City FC, where he worked closely with well-known and successful first team managers such as Nigel Clough and Paul Tisdale.
Kevin will now work closely with assistant manager, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, and director of football, Stephen Vaughan Jr., as the Citizens embark on their 2017/18 UEFA Europa League and Welsh Premier League campaigns.
On Tuesday, he spoke to the press for the first time since being appointed manager of Bangor City. During his first interview, he said:
“Today is actually the first time I’ve ever been in Bangor and it looks like a very nice place. I’m delighted to be here and I’m thankful to Steve and to Gary for the giving me the opportunity to build on previous successes. I’m here to help support everybody and help this club be the best it can be.
“I’ve been working as a coach for a long time now and I’m hoping to bring the experience I’ve gathered from working at four different professional clubs in ten years to this team. Me and Gary have worked under many top managers during our time and you can’t help but learn at least something from each and every one of them.”
Asked on whether or not he could see Bangor challenging TNS for the title next season, he said: “The first thing I need to do is to get to know the players during our first training session on June 7 and start working with Gary and lean a little on his experience. We’ve already had positive talks on recruiting players for next season and I’m aware of the talent of the current squad. I’m very confident that we can all work well together. After all that well see, you know, I think you’ve always go to look to be the best you can be.
“It’s an exciting time to be a part of the club. I’m fully aware of the club and its history and I’m really looking forward to be a part of that. It was certainly the right opportunity at the right time for me.”
Gary Taylor-Fletcher responded by saying: “Having Kevin here is a benefit to us because we know what we’ve got in this squad already, but having him here can bring a fresh impetus to this side.
”He can take a look at this bunch of players and tell which positions we need to strengthen and so on and that’s why we’re currently not rushing into making too many signings.
”I think with my experience as a player and Kevin’s experience of working as a coach with professional sides, then we could have a really good combination going on here.
“You asked us what our aims are for next season, well the way I see it is that I don’t want to be in no play off’s next season, we want to close that gap on TNS, that’s the main thing. We finished 33 points behind them this year, but yet, when we played them on the pitch we matched them. So that is our main target, to improve on this year.”
When I attended the press conference yesterday afternoon, Nicholson seemed optimistic about the club’s aspirations. In terms of pressure and weight of expectation, this is most certainly the most important job of his managerial career so far. I for one hope that he can really make a go of it.
I think that both Nicholson and Taylor-Fletcher are well-travelled in terms of football and by putting the two together the club will have a real wealth of experience in their ranks.
Realistically, of course, closing the gap on TNS is going to be a very gruelling challenge for the squad, but with some new players in, along with the experienced players such as Nardiello and Taylor-Fletcher extending their deals with the club and Nicholson’s fresh approach and tactics to the side, who knows?
Having last won the Welsh Premier League back in 2010-11, the City faithful will be hoping that glory days will once again return to the club under Nicholson, but only time will tell for the young manager.