As the doors close on 2017/2018, we also say farewell to TNS Ladies’ manager, Andy Williams. We chatted with Andy and you can follow the conversation below:
TNS: Andy, first of all, we’re very sorry to see you leave Park Hall.
Andy: And I too am sorry to be leaving TNS. My decision to step down is based purely on personal reasons and nothing football-related in the slightest. Everyone knows I have a very challenging day job – the life of a headteacher is incredibly pressurised.
Balancing my professional duties as a head with those of a voluntary coaching role as manager of TNS Ladies’ first team ensuring that they are regularly competitive has been extremely difficult.
As the demands on my role as a headteacher have increased, I have taken the decision to put my professional responsibilities first, for the sake of my own career, and for my family.
TNS: Over the course of the season, a lot of water has passed under the TNS Ladies’ bridge What positive personal memories will you be taking with you?
Andy: I am incredibly proud of what the team has achieved together – I am confident that I leave the team and the club in a better place than before I arrived.
Yes, it’s about winning, and we have won some which is what I will remember most. However, the style of football we have produced has given me the greatest satisfaction.
There has been a noticeable difference this season, but credit goes to the coaching team for their foresight, insight, and dedication.
TNS: There were good, bad and indifferent results, but it was good to go out on a high with the Tom Farmer County Cup victory against Shrewsbury Town Ladies at AFC Telford’s ground.
Andy: It has been an amazing season and this was a fitting way to go out. I’ve challenged the players to use this success as the catalyst to achieve greater things in their lives.
The future is very much an opportunity with their new found experiences from this season to benefit them and I hope they can believe in themselves and their ability.
TNS: It’s been a real pleasure working with you over the course of the last twelve months. We all wish you the very best for the future.
Andy: That feeling is mutual Stewart, it is with a heavy heart that I have made this decision. The trust that people have shown in me and the friendship that we have built have made it an even harder decision.
I’d like to thank Ian Brazier for appointing me and giving me this opportunity, the players, the staff and committee, the loyal fans, and last but not least you for your support and promotion.
In addition, goalkeeping coach, Wilfie Smith, has also stepped down. Again for reasons beyond football, as with Andy it’s work commitment. Everyone at The New Saints wishes both Andy and Wilfie all the very best for the future. Thank you for the time, effort and dedication that you have both shown to TNS Ladies during your time at Park Hall. It is very much appreciated.