Paul Reid returns as manager of Afan Lido ahead of Llanelli clash
PAUL Reid will be back in the Marston Stadium dug-out when Afan Lido host Llanelli tomorrow (2.30).
The former Swansea City midfielder has made a shock return to the Port Talbot club as manager just two months after stepping down.
Reid resigned in January for personal reasons, but continued working with the club's youth academy whilst providing support to caretaker coaches Paul Evans and Gareth Phillips.
With his circumstances now different, Reid is able to resume his duties.
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"I am delighted to be able to commit once again to the first-team and look forward to working with the club in our bid to survive relegation from the Welsh Premier League," he said.
General manager Mark Robinson added: "The club has always had a great deal of respect for Paul, so it is with pleasure that we welcome him back into the fold, and look forward to working with him as we attempt to revive our fortunes on the field."
Lido are 13 points adrift at the bottom of the Welsh Premier League and desperately scrapping to avoid relegation.
They face a Llanelli side that are now eyeing the end-of-season play-offs after an encouraging victory over Aberystwyth last weekend.
The Reds would normally have to finish top of the Play-off Conference to book a place in the end of season knockouts, the winner of which enters the Europa League.
They are eight points behind seventh-placed Bala Town but may not have to catch the North Wales side in order to take their season into overtime.
If runaway league leaders The New Saints clinch the title and win the cup, the team finishing eighth will also enter the play-offs.
And Llanelli are currently level on points with Connah's Quay, the side who occupy that position.
"Looking at the table, if The New Saints win the league and the cup, finishing eighth might be enough to get in the play-off positions," said manager Bob Jeffrey.
"That's what we've got to aim for now."