IT will be all change at Porthmadog after manager Craig Papirnyk announced he is stepping down at the end of the season.

The popular young boss decided to walk away from the Huws Gray Alliance side after a five-year stint at the helm due to the new Tier Two licensing regulations that require all managers to have at least a B coaching licence, something Papirnyk does not possess at the present time.

He will be replaced by Sion Eifion, the current reserve team boss who has led the young Port side to an incredible run of results this season.

Papirnyk, said: “It is with great sadness that I have decided to leave the club at the end of this season, in light of the new Tier 2 licensing and having to step down as first team manager I feel it is for the best of the club that I go although extremely gutted.

“I will do everything possible to ensure that Sion will be given the best opportunity to take this club forward, I am making the transition as easy as possible for him and fully supporting him with everything that’s involved in running the team.

“We are in constant dialogue and I am offering my advice and help whenever he needs it, it is massively important that this group stays together and continues to grow and fulfil the potential I know they can.

“He is excited, enthusiastic and already making great steps in building a team off the field which will lead the one on it. He is a great young manager with lots of potential, he has my full support in stepping up to take this club forward and I hope everyone gets behind him.

“We have three games remaining now and could potentially finish runners up which is a clear indicator on how far this group of players has come and should be a clear sign for them as a squad, the club and its supporters that the future is very bright and exciting indeed, keep the faith and stick together.”