Pennock quits Aber to rejoin Hull City

By Adam Hughes in Football

ABERYSTWYTH Town’s manager Tony Pennock has left the Welsh Premier League club to take up the role of first team coach at Hull City.

Pennock, who had been unveiled as the new manager just three weeks ago, has made a shock move back to the former English Premier League club.

Aberystwyth Town Chairman Donald Kane said that the Club did not wish to stand in his way, and will immediately begin its search for a replacement manager.

"When Tony was appointed, we were aware that this situation might arise and we promised not to stand in his way should it occur," said Kane.

"As a Club we have now honoured that promise. It is a fantastic opportunity for Tony to coach at the highest level, and we sincerely wish him all the best.

"He has been thoroughly honest and professional in his dealings with the Club and we are pleased to part on excellent terms."

Pennock took over as assistant manager of the Seasiders in April, after manager Matthew Bishop was asked to step down from the helm.

He and caretaker manager Wayne Jones oversaw two crucial wins against Llandudno and Rhyl to ensure the Seasiders avoided relegation.

Kane has also paid tribute to Hull City FC, for whom Pennock had been First Team coach under former boss Mike Phelan until January.

"We’d also like to thank the Board and Staff at Hull City for their ," said Kane. "Wayne Jones will be put in charge of First Team affairs until a replacement to Tony Pennock is appointed."

Pennock had previously been in charge of the Hull City Academy for two-and-a-half years, before leaving the Tigers at the same time as Phelan halfway through last season.

Speaking after arriving back in East Yorkshire, Pennock said: “I’m delighted but a little bit shocked too. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind few days but I couldn’t be happier to be back.

“I was on holiday this week and got a phone call from the Vice-Chairman who asked me if I was interested in coming back. I met up with him and the manager yesterday and it seemed to go really well and we agreed terms really quickly.

“I’m a football person and I really enjoyed my short time with Aberystwyth Town. I’ve got to thank them for making this move as simple as it has been and I wish them all the best for the coming season.

“I’m now really excited and looking forward to seeing what next season will bring. It promises to be an interesting season, but hopefully it will ultimately be a successful one.”

Full report and reaction in this week’s Aberystwyth edition

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