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Cefn Druids' manager Steve O'Shaughnessy has been sacked after three seasons at Plas Kynaston.
STEVE O’Shaughnessy has been sacked as manager of NEWI Cefn Druids.
The decision was made at a board meeting on Sunday night and O’Shaughnessy said he was "totally shocked".
Druids' chairman Ian Parry issued a short statement which said: "Directors of NEWI Cefn Druids have dismissed Steve O’Shaughnessy as manager with immediate effect.
"They wish to thank Steve for his hard work over the past three seasons and wish him every success in the future."
Parry said he had nothing to add to the statement, but O’Shaughnessy said: "I am totally shocked by the decision. We’ve got two games left and if we win those two games we would have finished the highest this club has ever done in this league."
He says the directors were disappointed with recent performances and with the ill-discipline of the team - which is the worst in the league.
However, O'Shaughnessy says his side's 67 cards this campaign are due to the inexperience in the team and that an average of two bookings per match is nothing in today's modern game.
Druids won 1-0 at Barry Town in the league on Saturday to sentence the Dragons to relegation. However, the victory came too late to save the manager's skin.
O'Shaughnessy joined the Druids in June 2001 following the departure of Gareth Powell.
Although relatively new to management, following a 12-month stint at nearby Oswestry Town, he took a wealth of experience as a professional player to the club.
He played for Leeds United, Bradford City, Darlington and Rochdale as well as having a spell in Hong Kong, plus Welsh Premier appearances for Bangor City and TNS.
Already, there is speculation as to who will take over at Plas Kynaston.
Graham Jones, who at one time ran former Welsh Premier outfit Flint Town United with Dixie McNeil, is a director at the club.
19 April 2021
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