Mark Aizlewood has been handed the task of saving Carmarthen
The task of saving Carmarthen Town AFC from relegation from the Welsh Premier League has been handed to former Welsh international Mark Aizlewood.
Aizlewood has been appointed manager. He took up the reins this weekend at a training session in Carmarthen. He will be supported by player-coach Neil Smothers in the new management team at Richmond Park.
The changes follow the dismissal of Tomi Morgan before Christmas. The Old Gold currently share the bottom place in the Welsh Premier League with Newtown.
We welcome Mark back to Richmond Park. He knows we face a big battle ahead to avoid relegation, but our executive committee is sure that he is up to the task
This is the third time 52-year-old Aizlewood has been associated with Carmarthen Town. Aizlewood played 39 times for his country.
Aizlewood's playing career started when he joined his home-town club, Newport County in 1975 as a defender, before joining Luton Town. He moved on to Charlton Athletic in 1982 and won his first Welsh cap four years later, making 39 appearances in all.
He also played for Leeds United, Bradford City, Bristol City, Cardiff City, Merthyr Tydfil, Aberystwyth Town and Cwmbran Town before hanging-up his boots in 2002 after making 499 Football League appearances and 81 (+18) in the domestic league.
Aizlewood first joined the coaching staff at Carmarthen in 2003/4 as assistant to Andrew York, leaving to become assistant manager of Chester City, but later returned to the Old Gold as assistant to Deryn Brace and became the club's academy director, before departing again in September 2009 to pursue business interests.
Club chairman Gareth Jones said: "We welcome Mark back to Richmond Park. He knows we face a big battle ahead to avoid relegation, but our executive committee is sure that he is up to the task."