BANGOR City have confirmed the appointment of Hugo Colace as their new first team manager.

The former Barnsley midfielder takes over at the helm from World Cup winner Pedro Pasculli, who will be taking on the role of technical secretary.

This is the latest in a wealth of changes at the JD Cymru North side in recent weeks, with new president Domenico Serafino eager to get the Citizens’ back into the top flight.

It is an ambition that is shared by Colace, who outlined his ambitions to get City back to prominence after a significant period of turbulence in recent seasons.

He said: “This is a great opportunity for me and I am looking forward to the challenge of building a team to win promotion.

“It was always an ambition of mine to go into coaching and I think this is the right moment for me. With my experience including three years at Barnsley I am confident of bringing success here.

“I am grateful for the confidence that the president has put in me and I would like to continue the good work that has been done by Pedro to get the club back on track.

“The job now is to get promotion, do well in the other two competitions and then classify for the Europa League. I want my players to make the most of every training session, every little detail will count in us getting back to the top division.”

Colace will be looking to emulate Argentinian Diego Simeone as he embarks into management, with the experienced player working under the Atletico Madris boss during a spell at Estudiantes.

“I learnt from Simeone the importance of each individual detail and the need to be professional,” added Colace.

“My style of football is where the team has possession of the ball and looks to move quickly in transitions into attack.

“I was always a captain, at youth level with Argentina and it is just my personality, a natural leader maybe. Also the position I have played in midfield requires personality.”

Serafino himself also remains “totally committed” to the club despite reports from multiple Italian media outlets linking the president with a purchase of Serie C side Sambenedettese.