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Aberystwyth have parted company with manager
Gary Finley [Keith Williams/Sportpixs]
ABERYSTWYTH Town have parted company with manager Gary Finley, less than two weeks before the start of the new season.
There had been rumours that the Liverpool-based boss might depart Park Avenue after the Black & Greens announced a more local policy for the new season.
Finley was forced to axe several players, but it appeared that he was staying for at least another term.
A part of the successful Conwy side of the late 90s, Finley first played in the Unibond League at Marine followed by Warrington Town and Netherfield, prior to spending a season at Doncaster as a professional.
He then represented Hyde United, before joining Conwy United under the management of Stan Allen in 1998.
He joined Aberystwyth after the sacking of Barry Powell in November 2000, taking charge of the club on the resignation of Frank Gregan in November 2001.
He took the club to ninth place that season, improving to fourth in both of the last two campaigns and a place in the Uefa InterToto Cup this summer.
An official statement from Park Avenue says: "Aberystwyth Town and Gary Finley have agreed to part company by mutual consent.
"Having achieved European qualification for the club Gary considers that the time is right for a new challenge."
As a player, Finley was regarded as one of the Welsh Premier's most resolute central defenders. He made 41 appearances for Conwy followed by 109 for Aberystwyth, scoring a total of eight league goals.
Striker Marc Lloyd Williams was recently appointed assistant manager at Park Avenue, but the club has made no announcement about a successor or, indeed, about the reasons for Finley's departure.
3 August 2021
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