Airbus UK Broughton Football Club has announced a significant change to the Football Operations Structure at the Airfield. With so much progress made on and off the pitch in such a short space of time, the Wingmakers have decided to adopt a more continental structure.

Current Manager Craig Harrison has stepped into a Director of Football Role where he will oversee all aspects of Football Related Business at the Club including Recruitment and Retention of Players as well as overseeing the Development of Youth at the Club. Although the push for the play-offs continues, the club are determined to ensure preparations for next season and a real push for the top 6, and with Harrison beginning a 3 match suspension on 1st April he has proposed to the Executive Committee at the Airfield that former Newtown Manager Darren Ryan be appointed as Head Coach. Ryan will become responsible for the Selection of the team that plays in the Welsh Premier League and will commence his position from the 2nd of April in the live TV game versus Carmarthen Town.

With Harrison aiming to engage in the next pro licence in 2012 the Wingmakers opted for Ryan as their preferred choice to ensure the Club meets with UEFA Criteria in the event of a successful playoff bid over the next few months. 

Airbus UK Broughton Chairman Paul McKinlay spoke about the appointment “We look forward to Craig and Darren forming a great working relationship over the coming months as we look to continue progress into and beyond the play offs which is of course not secure as yet. We are delighted Darren has agreed to join us. We are determined to focus on preparations for next season and increasing youth development , so we decided to act now so that Craig has the headroom to push us  to the next level.The opportunity to play off for a place in Europe is probably arriving a season earlier than we had planned, which is testimony to the great work Craig has done, so the change not only enables us to secure the UEFA licence, gives Craig the chance to register for his Pro Licence whilst ensuring that we are ready to have a real push for the top 6 in 2011/12”. Ryan will be supported by Andrew Thomas and Roger Preece as Assistant Coaches going forward.

Ryan is currently working at the Wolverhampton Wanderers Academy at Compton where he is able to view the progress of former Airbus Player Jake Cassidy, without a Welsh Premier Club since leaving Newtown last summer Ryan will be keen to help push the Wingmakers into that playoff position and enter the play offs with some momentum.

Harrison will take Charge of the Squad at Newtown this Friday Evening as normal before Ryan joins during the week at planned training sessions.
Ryan commented “I am delighted to be joining Airbus, they are having a great season- especially since the split and I hope my input will keep driving them forward into the play offs, myself Craig Thomo and Roger all get on really well so with us all pulling in the right direction we can hopefully achieve the Clubs goals, The job Craig has been doing is fantastic and the squad he has pulled together looks very strong- I am looking forward to getting started”

Harrison was quick to welcome Ryan into the fold “ We have been speaking to Darren for a few weeks, he fits in with our type of character at the Club  and I am sure he will do well for us, obviously I have not physically had time to get onto the Pro Licence since I came into the Welsh Premier League but I am nearly there, so stepping into a more expansive role at the Club can only be a good thing in my eyes for me and the Club to progress, as our Chairman says the new league format means we may get the chance to play a few games for a place in Europe. The Club has come so far in a short space of time, hence the need to re-structure, and my job is to now ensure that we can drive it forward to the next level- having Darren has Head Coach alongside Roger and Thomo will only help us do that”.

Photo: Darren Ryan watches the game at Newtown on Friday night [Kevin Hughes].