AFTER what was a disappointing season, to say the least, Airbus are gearing-up for the coming challenge of life in the Cymru Alliance.
Chairman Mick Mayfield says: "We are under no illusions of how difficult that challenge will be. There are some very strong sides in the league, and if we are to make a serious challenge this coming season, we cannot afford to be complacent and will have to improve significantly on last seasons performance."
"The management team of Andy Thomas and Steve O’Shaughnessy have, from the moment we knew our fate, been hard at work looking at our squad, seeing where we need to bring in or release players, and have created a wish list of players they would like to bring in. If they can bring in just half of the players on that list, with the players already pledged from last season, we will have what I consider a very strong team capable of making a strong challenge in the league.
"I think people are surprised that we have kept Tommo and Steve on but things are not always what they seem to the outside world. We have had a huge amount of comings and goings over the last 24 months regarding players, management and backroom staff. So we feel that a bit of stability is what is required at the moment. We at the club believe that there is nothing wrong with loyalty and I think we have shown that in buckets full with things that have gone on off and on the pitch over the last couple of years.
"So it is time to knuckle down making sure the club supports the management team in every way possible.
"The committees are hard at work raising finances to make sure that we, at Airbus, maintain football of the highest standard that our supporters and facility deserve. I must also thank the committees and helpers whose reaction and response to our present situation has been fantastic.
"One of our main concerns has been with the academy, without a doubt we have one of the best run academies in the country, thanks to Lee and his team. With the club going down to the second tier of football we will loose nearly three quarters of its annual financial support through the FAW. We have great coaches at our academy who are doing a fantastic job in bring football, fun and health to hundreds of girls and boys in the area. So we are determined to carry on with this fantastic part of our club, and back it financially and physically for this coming season and as long as we can.
"We will miss the challenge of the Welsh Premier, but will be doing our utmost to get back as soon as possible.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal sponsors and supporters for sticking with us for what was a really hard season, that we never saw coming, and look forward to working with and cheering with you all again in the future."