CONWY Borough have made a bold move in parting ways with manager Gareth Thomas.

The popular figure officially left his post today (Tuesday) after a disappointing run of recent results that was not in keeping with the fantastic record he has obtained since taking over at the helm in 2017.

He was tasked with getting the club back into the Huws Gray Alliance and this is something Thomas managed to do in comfortable fashion, and although they were favourites for the Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division One crown, they achieved their overall objectives thanks in no small part to the influx of talented young players brought in by the management team.

This was also followed by an FAW Trophy triumph and a Cookson Cup victory during a treble-winning campaign that will go down as one of the finest in the Tangerines’ history.

Their start in the ultra-competitive second tier was a very bright one, with Boro’ gaining a series of eye-catching results that saw them sitting in the upper echelons of the division in the early stages, but things have not gone according to plan of late and the board have taken the decision to bring in some fresh ideas in the hope of “preserving their Cymru Alliance status”.

That statement might seem a bit bemusing given their current tenth spot placing, but the HGA is an unforgiving league this term such is the quality littered within in and it only takes a few poor results to see your fortunes change very quickly.

Nobody is privy to what goes on behind the scenes at any club and this could also have been a factors in the directors’ decision to let Thomas, go, but the experienced manager can definitely leave with his head held high after a hugely successful spell at the club.

He got them back to where they want to be, brought in multiple trophies and developed a team spirit and work ethic within the group that is sure to stand whoever comes in next in very good stead for the future.

There is enough quality within the squad to ensure that they do not get dragged into a relegation dogfight and they are currently five points clear of the drop zone, so it would be a huge shock if they were staring an instant return to the third tier in the face next spring.

The players will need to step up and come together to determine their own fate in a way, which should make sure that this upheaval does not have a detrimental effect on their performances and their pre-season targets are met.

Given the experience that Thomas has and the respected he has earned within the North Wales footballing community, it would be a surprise if he was without a job for long, and although he will be bitterly disappointed not to have been given more time he can look back at his time at the Tangerines with an enormous sense of pride for the things he achieved.