Port Talbot Town Football Club are delighted to announce that Matthew Clement has joined as part of the first team coaching staff, ahead of the 2020/21 JD Cymru South season following promotion. Clement will join up with Mark Pike and the rest of his staff with immediate effect.
Matthew brings a wealth of experience to the management team and is currently the Coach Coordinator of the FAW Trust. He holds a UEFA A License and has had previous spells at Cardiff City, Swansea City, Shrewsbury Town and Afan Lido, as well as previously being the manager of the FAW Girls squads.
“It is a pleasure to come on board with a club like Port Talbot Town,” says Clement on joining the Blues. “From my initial chats with Mark, I could see that this a club that wants to go places. It’s a fantastic project to be a part of and I’m sure we will do great things together.”
Port Talbot Town manager Mark Pike also extends a warm welcome to the latest addition of his coaching staff, “whilst through lockdown I have been able to reflect in what we as a football club need to do to get us to the next level. Whilst the priority remains keeping safe and ensuring our playing group, staff, families and friends are healthy, we have also kept one eye on what we need to do next.”
“For the record, we have no idea when we will start back for the new season, but one thing for sure is that we will be ready and can’t wait to get going again,” says Pike. “After a few remote conversations with Matty, we have been able to prize him on board which will help us get to another level.”
“Matty comes with so much quality and a wealth of an experience. He’s an employee of the FAW Trust and like myself qualified to the A License. He is also a coach mentor and educator with the Coach Education department.”
“I am delighted Matty has accepted to work alongside us,” adds Pike. “Primarily he’ll work with myself, the staff and players of the first team, but together we will be looking at rebuilding this football club from academy, youth and senior development squads. I can’t wait to get out on the green grass and start working with him.”
“In previous interviews I have openly stated that we want to rebuild where possible with local lads. Currently, 80% of the current squad resides in the Port Talbot and surrounding area. As Matty is a local lad, he just adds more to our locality objective. I think it is important that we are sustainable and can build from within our local community and we are well on track with that.”
The club will be announcing further news regarding coaching staff and the playing squad in the coming days.