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Manager McKenna leaves Saints

Ken McKenna
The New Saints have enjoyed much success under McKenna

Manager Ken McKenna has left TNS with immediate effect by "mutual consent".

McKenna was to leave the Welsh Premier champions in the summer but he and assistant Gary Brabin have gone now.

McKenna had been linked to the Chester City job before Simon Davies, who played under McKenna at TNS, was appointed until the end of the season.

TNS' new management team of Dr Andy Cale and current academy director Mike Davies' first game in charge will be Saturday's visit of against Caernarfon.

McKenna was at TNS for 10 years, winning a hat-trick of Welsh Premier titles and inspiring the club into Europe seven times during his time in charge.

But TNS have not lived up to their high standards this season and the second-placed team have suffered a run of poor defeats recently, including a 4-0 thrashing at leaders Llanelli.

Cale returns to TNS following his departure at the end of last season after three years as head coach.

Mike Davies has been Darren Ryan's assistant at Newtown this season and has handled player development at TNS for several seasons.

"The club's policy has always been to develop and promote from within, this is just the continuation of that process," said TNS managing director Mike Harris.

"I would personally like to thank Ken McKenna for all his hard work as a player and especially as a manager with the success that he has brought the club."

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