'Wolvesey' resigns from the Bridge Meadow Stadium

Wayne Jones chats to Rob Edwards

Wayne in a recent pensive mood . . .Breaking news from the Bridge Meadow Stadium is that Wayne ‘Wolvesey’ Jones has decided to step down from his role as manager of Haverfordwest County and his resignation has been accepted by Rob Edwards, who is still in his first season at the club as the chairman.
Rob told us that he was sad to see his manager go but wished him well.
“I have really enjoyed working with him and I have had absolute trust in his decisions, so I know that in stepping down he feels he is doing it for Haverfordwest County.
“Sadly, we will have to look for a replacement and moves are now in place for an interim appointment from outside the club – but I am proud to have worked with Wayne and in wishing him well for his future we hope that he enjoys a deserved rest before returning to action refreshed in the future.
“I count him as a friend and he knows that he will always be a welcome visitor to The Bridge Meadow Stadium at any time in the future.”
The following statement was provided by Haverfordwest County today (Sunday):

The club have this morning accepted the resignation of First Team Manager, Wayne Jones.

A statement from Chairman Rob Edwards reads: “It is with a heavy heart that we part company with Wayne. He has a long and successful affiliation with the club as a player, coach and first team manager, and will go down as one of Haverfordwest County’s finest. I feel very privileged to have been able to work with Wayne, and have never come across such a genuine, dedicated and hard-working person.”

All at the club would like to place on records its sincere gratitude for what Wayne has done for the club over the years, and he will always be welcome back to The Ogi Bridge Meadow Stadium at any time.

The club will look to make an interim appointment imminently, ahead of a big game against Bala Town on Saturday, and a thorough recruitment process to appoint Wayne’s successor will start straight away.

We talk to Wayne about his decision:

In a telephone conversation later in the day (Sunday), Wayne Jones told us,

“I know that it is time for me to stand down after recent defeats and as we drove back from Flint Town United I finally made that decision and on arriving home I contacted the club chairman and told him I was going to resign.

Wayne accepting our Good Sports tee-shirt“He told me to sleep on it, which I did, but today I have contacted all the players, coaches and other staff individually so that they understood why I was standing down.

“I wished them every success because they are a smashing squad who have built up a great camaraderie and whilst my involvement at the Bridge Meadow Stadium is over I will be popping down to cheer them on sometimes in the future.

“I would like to place on record my appreciation for the support given to me by Rob Edwards as chairman, all the staff at The Bridge Meadow, the supporters and the local press.

Gordon gives deserved praise . . .

Wayne with Sean Cresser, the former Bluebirds manager and great friendGordon Thomas, who has covered many matches at The Bridge Meadow Stadium on behalf of PembrokeshireSport.co.uk commented that he was immensely sad at the decision but understood just why.

“I have enjoyed working with Wayne and I have always found him to be a man of genuine integrity who never shirked a question and managed the club with conviction and encouraged youngsters from the area, like Ricky Watts, Alaric Jones, Ben Fawcett and Jack Wilson to become regular members of the squad, with others breaking through now this season.

“Wayne will take some replacing because his man-management skills have been top notch and as well as on-field activity he is a gentleman of sport and a top bloke.”

. . . And Barry recalls many successful moments

Wayne and Sean Pemberton, his former long-term captain and now coachBarry Vaughan was long-serving Secretary of the club and is now Chairman of the Bluebirds’ Supporters’ Club who was at the game in Flint and told us,

“I am so sad to see Wayne go because in my 24 years of involvement at the club he was the best manager I worked with – and did a great job, on and off the field.

“He is a lovely gentleman of football and the biggest compliment I could pay him is that he ranks with me in the same category as the late Des Shanklin.

“I have known him since he first came here from Carmarthen Town as a player and in his time here played for us at full back in Europe and in a Welsh Cup semi-final, as well as two spells at the helm as manager.

“My most memorable moment came when we travelled to Aberdare in awful weather needing to win by five clear goals to secure promotion and won 5-0 – and I shared a bit of a victory jig with him on the pitch as rain poured down.

“From the very start he shared our belief in encouraging local players and that ‘West was best’ and last night I sat with him after we lost 4-1 at Flint and could see how upset he was because The Bluebirds mean so much to him.

“He will always be welcomed by us all at the Bridge Meadow Stadium.”

Wayne with Micky Ellis

We at PembrokeshireSport.co.uk could pay Wayne Jones no bigger compliment than those sentiments but we would like to say a huge thank you to him for the utmost respect he has always shown us – and he time he always had for a chat, even after a heavy defeat.

As one player said to us, ‘Wolvesey is a one-off’ and we could wholeheartedly agree with that simple sentiment!