CAERNARFON Town chairman Paul Evans has reacted to Sean Eardley’s decision to leave the club in favour of a move to Llandudno.

The popular coach will become Tudno’s first team manager after thinking long and hard over the decision over the weekend after being offered the position.

After speaking to playing staff, Eardley released a statement on the Cofis’ website thanking everyone at the club, and said he would “always be indebted” to the set-up for giving him his first managerial opportunity.

This is something Eardley made the most of, guiding the Canaries to a Huws Gray Alliance title and two top-six finishes in the JD Cymru Premier.

Evans, said: "Sean has made an invaluable contribution to Caernarfon Town since he joined us. He arrived at the Oval with a smile and has kept smiling throughout his time with us.

“I remember speaking with him about taking over from Iwan and he told me he would only do it on an interim basis until we got someone else in. Thankfully, he soon changed his mind and we as a club have reaped the rewards.

“He led us to promotion and two consecutive top six finishes in the Cymru Premier League and would, I am sure, have taken us into Europe at the end of this campaign if things had been different.

“Sean has been an absolute pleasure to work with and has done a magnificent job for us. Our progress under his stewardship has been obvious for everyone to see and he leaves a great foundation for future success. He has raised the bar for the club on and off the field and we are determined as a Board to take advantage of the work he has done.”

Evans confirmed that Huw Griffiths will remain as manager, with a new backroom staff set to be announced in the coming days. The Cofis’ chairman also highlighted his confidence that Eardley can turn things around at Tudno.

“Llandudno is a good club that has suffered a challenging time in recent seasons and with Sean at the helm they certainly have a chance of turning things around there,” added Evans.

“We will all miss his infectious personality and permanent smile and wish him, Lisa and all the Eardley family well in everything they do in the future.”