WELSH champions The New Saints have sacked manager Anthony Limbrick just days after they crashed out of Europe. 

The former youth team coach for West Ham and Southampton become the first Australian to win a league title in Europe when he guided TNS to their first Cymru Premier title since 2019 last season. He was appointed towards the end of the 2021 season.

Following the end of their European campaign, on Tuesday, Limbrick said he was comfortable with the demands of leading the multiple Welsh champions and said: "We welcome that pressure here – it’s good and I want that to continue. 

"We’ve come up short in this campaign but we want to improve and go again for next year." 

However a brief statement from the club this afternoon confirmed his depature. 

It said: “The New Saints Football Club have relieved first team Head Coach, Anthony Limbrick, of his duties with immediate effect, with a view to agreeing a mutually agreed termination of his contract. 

The club would like to thank Anthony for the work he carried out at the club and will be making no further comment on the decision at this time.” 

The club’s return to the Champions League qualifiers ended in the first round and though they dropped into the Europ League qualifiers they were convincingly beaten over two legs by Icelandic champions Víkingur Reykjavik. 

TNS were defeated 2-0 in Reykjavik and though Tuesday’s nights second leg in Oswestry ended goalless Limbrick’s men never truly threatened to over turn the deficit. 

READ MORE: 

After the game he told S4C’s Sgorio he was satisfied with his side’s work ethic and denied they lacked “spark”. 

Last week TNS chairman Mike Harris spoke of his ambitions for the club to become the first from the Cymru Premier to qualify for the group stage of a European competition and to build a 10,000 capacity stadium. 

If you value The National's journalism, help grow our team of reporters by becoming a subscriber.