Hednesford Town have confirmed that Liam McDonald and his management team have departed from Keys Park to take up new positions at National League side Solihull Moors.
Liam McDonald was approached by the Moors early last week and after discussions with both clubs he, along with his managerial backroom staff of Nick Green and David Bridgwater, have decided to make the move to Solihull.
The 31-year-old had these words to say following his decision to leave the club:
“It has been an emotionally draining week for me following the approach from Solihull Moors.
“Hednesford Town has been a great club to be at, even though it has only been for a short time. It was a really difficult decision for me to make due to the fact that I had started a project that I wanted to finish. I have built a squad here that is capable of competing at the top end of the table and the squad is now in place to go on and do just that.
“For me, in the end, the opportunity that has been presented is one that was too good to turn down. It wasn’t until Saturday evening that I really made my mind up and committed to making the move after being offered the job earlier in the week. Solihull understood the situation I was in and were really good towards me as they knew that last weekend’s game was a big one.
“I know that Hednesford supporters will be disappointed with the decision, I just hope that they understand it. Let me tell you that Saturday’s game was a deeply emotional one for me. I was really upset as I knew that it was potentially going to be my last game. To see the fans there in real numbers after the game, as they knew the situation, will stay with me from my time at the club where they have made me feel really welcome.
“I must also say that Steve Price came to me with a great new offer on Friday. It was a fantastic offer for me but I have never been influenced by finances as I am a young manager with plenty of time left in the game. It was just an opportunity that was too good to turn down from Solihull.
“I am leaving the club with a heavy heart and it is really hard to leave this group of players – especially in the position that we are in. I’d like to thank the players for their efforts since I arrived. The club is now one to be proud of again, sitting fourth in the table and looking forward to a big game on Tuesday evening. It is now time for them to go and finish that tie off. I also believe that they are capable of going on to win the Northern Premier League, or at least finish in the play-offs. I know that this set of players will continue to go out there and do the club proud – that is without a shadow of a doubt.
“Finally I would like to thank everyone involved at the football club, from the supporters to Steve Price and Terry McMahon. I said when I was appointed that I wanted to put smiles back on the faces of supporters – and I think we have done that. Everyone has played their part in doing that and the position the club is in now is down to everyone coming together. I also said in the summer that the journey would involve everyone and now you need to continue that, giving the new manager the support he deserves and you should expect a successful season.”
Everyone at Keys Park would like to thank Liam, Nick and David for their efforts while at the club and wish them all the very best for the future.
Chairman Steve Price, added “I would like to thank Liam, Nick and David for their efforts at Hednesford Town and wish them well in their new roles.
“We tried our hardest to keep Liam at the club by offering him a two-year contract following the approach from Solihull.
“Sadly though, in the end it was an opportunity that an ambitious young manager couldn’t turn down with him making his final decision over the weekend. Something that all those involved with the football club have to understand and respect.”
Official confirmation of the new management team at Keys Park will be made shortly.