BANGOR City have been plunged further into crisis with the news that manager Gary Taylor-Fletcher has joined Llandudno.

It has been a turbulent campaign for the Citizens, and just as it looked like things were settling down, the former Premier League star dropped the bombshell to put a serious dent in their pre-season preparations.

Taylor-Fletcher described the decision to leave as a difficult one, but given all that has happened at the club in recent months it might have come as a relief as he was on a hiding to nothing, especially during the second half of the season.

What he presumably signed up for was not for senior figures to leave amid debts of £80,000, but he can walk away with at least knowing the future of the club is in safe hands from a playing perspective thanks to the large number of Academy graduates that made the step up to senior level during the second half of the season.

The likes of Alex Boss and Sam Jones have massive futures in the game, with Jacob Farleigh another talented youngster that really came of age as the campaign progressed.

A new appointment will have to be swift should they wish to keep their current prospects, who are all bound to receive offers from elsewhere, with versatile Jordan Piggott another who could move on after a standout series of performances in a City shirt.

With a new Phoenix club set to rise from some of the club’s beleaguered fan-base as early as next season, the next few weeks and the subsequent decisions that will be made by chairman Stephen Vaughan Jnr will have major implications for the long-term future of the whole set-up, which has been on a downward spiral following their demotion from the JD Welsh Premier League after failing to obtain an FAW Domestic Licence.

Losing Taylor-Fletcher to a side that are expected to be among the frontrunners in Tier 2 North, who are also expected to undergo huge changes during the summer, is a massive blow, but it is one they can recover from providing they bring in someone with a knowledge of the area that can hit the ground running.

This will be essential to appease a restless group of supporters who are becoming increasingly disillusioned with the way things are unfolding at the club, and Taylor-Fletcher’s departure raises further questions about their ambitions and long-term security.

Actions speak louder than words, and that saying is more prominent than ever right now for the Citizens’ after another big hit on their behind-the-scenes structure.