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Ken McKenna has the backing of the TNS board to carry on
SAINTS' boss Ken McKenna will remain in charge to lead another assault on the Welsh Premier title and a return to the Uefa Champions League.
The knives had been out for the manager since TNS finished runners-up to Rhyl in the title race - and also lost out to the Lillies in the Welsh Cup final.
And McKenna himself feared he could pay the ultimate price of failure.
"The board would be well within their rights to look for another manager," he admitted after the 1-0 cup final reverse at Newtown.
"I'd like to be given the time but I'll fully understand if I'm not. I've been a manager for three years now and I've got to look at myself, at my performances and my decision-making.
"The job is out of my hands. I believe I can do it and that I can turn it around and I won't run away from it. But if the board feel they want another man in whom they have more confidence, I'll accept that as well."
But TNS owner Mike Harris has handed McKenna what is probably his last chance to prove his worth.
Since taking the helm in 2001, he has led Saints to three runners-up spots and a Welsh Cup final.
Twice beaten to the top by Barry Town, TNS were favourites to lift the Welsh Premier title in their first season as the league's only full-time outfit.
But they again let the prize slip from their grasp to leave widespread speculation about a new man taking the reins at Treflan.
Now McKenna and his troops must regroup ahead of a season that will see them again under pressure to deliver the goods.
The players return to training on 16 June ahead of the Uefa Cup tie first leg on 19 July.
24 May 2021
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