THE New Saints have officially launched its search for a new coach to replace the sacked Anthony Limbrick.

TNS parted ways with the popular Australian on Thursday after he failed to secure passage to the third qualifying round of the UEFA Conference League.

Saints lost in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League against Linfield, coming within seconds of an aggregate win, and then failed to overturn Vikingur Reykjavik's 2-0 lead in the Conference League.

The news came as a shock to much of the Welsh football family after Limbrick guided TNS to a first JD Cymru Premier title in three years, with a 21-point margin, and later completed a domestic double with the FAW Cup.

However, the Park Hall hotseat is vacant and the club is inviting applications for the post of first team head coach.

A statement said: "The New Saints FC are looking to appoint a full-time first team head coach with proven experience and success in the professional game, and a UEFA Pro Licence qualification.

"Please email your CV and introductory letter outlining why you should be considered for the position."

A detailed three page job description has also been issued by the club which again states its ambition "to be successful on the UEFA stage by qualifying and progressing to the group stages of a UEFA Club Competition."

It also says the successful applicant should "be financially aware of current transfer and player markets" with the document stating it is the club's intention to develop "players of real value on the football transfer
market or to fully utilise such players within our club in order to fulfil our vision and ambition".

TNS are the only full time professional club in the JD Cymru Premier but no salary scale is mentioned in the document.

When Connah's Quay Nomads advertised for a manager in 2015, Vice Sports reported the salary was £25,000 with benefits including a car or allowance and "significant performance bonuses".

That process ultimately saw former Manchester City captain Andy Morrison appointed and in 2020 Nomads became the first team, other than TNS, to win the Welsh title since Bangor City had so in 2010. 

Nomads retained the title in 2021 but Morrison left the club early last season and was succeeded by his assistant Craig Harrison, who was in charge of TNS in 2017 when they set a world record for consecutive wins in a top flight league.

Applications need to be submitted to Ian Williams, Saints's chief operating officer, by Monday, August 8, with interviews to begin on Monday, August 15. The club requires applicants to hold a UEFA Pro Licence.

This means the Welsh champions are likely to start the season at Newtown, on Saturday, August 13, with a caretaker manager, likely to be Christian Seargeant who assisted Limbrick, and also the Nathaniel MG Cup clash with long-term rivals Connah's Quay.

In the statement sacking Limbrick, TNS 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."

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