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JONES OVER-ESTIMATED PREMIER STANDARD
LLANELLI'S problems could have been avoided if player/boss Neil O'Brien had remained, according to club chairman Robert Jones, who says the standard in the Welsh Premier is not as high as he thought it would be.
O'Brien and his assistant Leigh Randall left Stebonheath Park in the summer following their success in Welsh League Division One in a disagreement with Jones over playing budgets.
"If Neil had decided to give it a go, thing's would have turned out better," Jones told the Llanelli Star.
"At the time I felt that we needed a lot of players to add to last season's squad but, having looked at the standard of Welsh Premier opposition, we could've held our own with two or three acquisitions.
"I overestimated the standard. It's not what it was."
Jones said that the current budget at Llanelli is in line with other clubs in the division.
"Of the first seven teams we have played, our budget is on a par with four and above two. We are a little below Bangor and TNS."
But manager Eddie May is finding it difficult to recruit new blood:
"At times he is up against a brick wall," said the chairman.
"The bulk of the Welsh population lives nearer Cardiff and there are some good clubs around there."
The Reds are anchored to the foot of the table with no points and only one goal scored, but Jones is sanguine about their plight.
He said: "Even now, if we can get some players in we will be okay.
"If it takes until Christmas to get a few wins then so be it."
5 November 2021
 
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