BANGOR City’s search for a new management team has begun after Gary Taylor-Fletcher departed for Llandudno.

The Citizens’ were dealt a huge blow to their pre-season plans with the news that their manager had jumped ship to a Tier 2 North rival, with assistant Alan Moogan also following Taylor-Fletcher to the Giant Hospitality Stadium.

Taylor-Fletcher enjoyed a brief spell at Tudno as a player before making a move to the Citizens’ hot seat, where he oversaw a difficult period at the club due to financial issues and a host of senior departures.

He introduced a number of Academy players into the first team during the second half of the season, but they were unable to catch eventual champions Airbus Broughton and had to contend with four spot.

Taylor-Fletcher has long indicated his desire to move into management after a glittering playing career which has seen him turn out for prestigious sides such as Blackpool and Leicester City and score at venues such as Old Trafford.

He worked with manager Kevin Nicholson at Bangor City as a player-assistant and helped them finish second in the JD Welsh Premier League before their demotion to the second tier.

Taylor-Fletcher, said: “I just want to say a massive thank you to all at Bangor City and especially club chairman Stephen Vaughan Jr for giving me my first taste of management.

“The club will always be a big part of my journey into football management and I have loved every minute of it.

“It was a big decision to leave, but after two-and-a-half years I felt the time was right for a new challenge. I look forward to coming back with Llandudno and I’m sure we will both be challenging at the top of the league come the end of next season.”

The club confirmed the search for his replacement has begun, adding they “would be making no further comment” at this stage.