Merthyr Town have paid tribute to Gavin Williams following his time as manager with the club.

The former Wales international took over back in June 2016, but with the club opting out of participating in the current season, the 40-year-old will ultimately not be returning to his role.

Former assistant Dean Clarke has been appointed as his successor.

The club have said: “After the first season ended in play-off heartbreak, losing out to Hitchin Town in the semi-finals on penalties, Gavin committed his future to the club. The following seasons introduced some challenges, with off-field issues impacting directly on the first-team squad.

“Gavin continued his positivity and productive work, including key recruitment. The last two seasons began to take its toll, with small squads travelling away from home, and the loss of ten first-team players at the end of the 2019/20 season, and the suspension of football in 2020/21.

“Gavin took a step away from the first-team managerial role before the scheduled start of the 2020/21 season. His time away from the role has helped him assess his future and what is best for both himself and the club.

“His dedication, time and service will always be remembered, and endlessly thanked by everyone at Merthyr Town Football Club. We wish Gavin all the very best for the future.”

Williams’ playing career also saw him represent the likes of Yeovil Town, Bristol City and Ipswich Town.

The former Hereford United man was with West Ham United when they won promotion to the Premier League under Alan Pardew in 2005.

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