Penycae Football Club can today confirm that Ben Heath has decided to end his tenure as First Team Manager.
Firstly, we are deeply saddened by Ben's decision but having spoken with him we fully understand the reasons behind it. The ongoing situation with football within Wales is very frustrating at the moment and the future of Welsh football is looking very bleak. We are at a stage now where not only clubs will suffer and fold but where people's mental wellbeing is deteriorating by the day, this is something that needs to be addressed from the top down with clear, proactive leadership and concise messaging and communication - which has been lacking to this point.
Ben joined the club in a time where we were struggling in the Welsh National League, he jumped straight into a relegation battle and relished the challenge. Ben's passion and charisma were evident from the first minute and ultimately he oversaw an upswing in results which saved the club from relegation. After securing our league position, Ben has been working hard to build not only the playing side of the club but also the senior staff, with several coaches joining him or returning to the club to take the backroom staff to the next level.
We always knew that this was a long-term project and felt that we were well on our way to achieving what we set out when Ben first took over the reins, this is why we are deeply saddened by his decision to step down as Manager.
Penycae Football Club would like to thank Ben Heath for all his hard work, passion and dedication to our football club over the past two years. We hope your time here can be looked back on with pride and you will always be welcome at the Cae!
Thank you, Ben and all the best for your future endeavours.
The club will be making further announcements in due course.