Aberystwyth Town FC are delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew Bishop as First Team Manager of the Club.
Penrhyncoch-based Matthew is currently employed as a Senior National Coach Developer and he returns for a second spell in charge at Park Avenue after a season at the helm in 2016/17. He of course holds the prerequisite Pro Licence Certificate which ensures the Black and Greens comply with their UEFA Licensing requirements, and has signed a contract with the Club which runs until the end of the 2019/20 season, with the option of a further extension.
Bishop previously was Assistant Manager at Hereford FC when they reached a Wembley FA Vase Final and won the Midland Football League Premier Division, League Cup and Herefordshire Challenge Cup in 2015/6. Prior to that he coached Newport County to promotion into the Blue Square Premier in 2009/10 with a record points total, and has also worked with Aldershot Town, Wales Under 16s, 17s and England Under 20s sides.
45 year old Bish played eight games for the Black and Greens in their first two WPL seasons (1992-4) before moving to Bangor City, Conwy United and Rhayder, making a total of 61 WPL appearances, scoring once.
Matthew will be supported by Gavin Allen, who remains as Assistant Manager.
Club Chairman Donald Kane said: "Matthew's appointment is a huge boost to the Club as a whole. Not only will he be an integral part of the First Team set up, but also his Coaching expertise will be invaluable at a time when we are looking to develop the Academy structure.”
"We also hope that appointing a locally based Manager will be applauded by our supporters as we look to continue developing top talent through our Academy structure looking forward."