CAERNARFON Town sent shockwaves through the JD Cymru Premier with the appointment of Huws Griffiths as first team manager.

The Canaries’ announced the news on Friday evening just a few short hours after Cefn Druids announced they had terminated Griffiths’ contract with immediate effect.

This represents a similar move by the club last year when they moved Alan Bickerstaff into the managerial hot seat in order to satisfy the Football Association of Wales’ licencing criteria.

Griffiths was only appointed Druids' sporting director on a full-time basis in November, and he enjoyed a glittering spell with the Ancients’ that saw them reach the Europa League for the second time in their history during the 2018 campaign.

This earned the former Chester City assistant the Welsh Premier League Manager of the Year distinction, but Druids were unable to make the Championship Conference this season after narrowly missing out to Newtown.

Sean Eardley will again remain with the Cofis’ in an assistant capacity alongside coach Richard Davies.

Griffiths, said: “I’m really looking forward to working with Eards. He’s a great bloke and we know each other well. I also know Richard, and I’m certain we’ll work well as a team.”

The new appointment will take charge for the first time in their opening phase two fixture at home to Bala Town on February 7, which will be shown live on S4C Sgorio and will also come up against his former team in the JD Welsh Cup.

Eardley, added: “He’s a great guy off the field, and since our very first game against Druids back in the top flight we’ve kept in touch on different football matters.

“He now adds experience and knowledge to what is already a strong management team.

“The players are buzzing to embrace a new voice and are looking forward to some different ideas. We can’t wait for the next eleven matches, including the Welsh Cup, which will have that element of spice now.”