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Nicholas leaves Llanelli position

Peter Nicholas
Nicholas won 73 international caps for Wales between 1979 and 1983

Boss Peter Nicholas has left Llanelli as his contract will not be renewed by the Welsh Premier runners-up.

The ex-Welsh international midfielder, who guided Llanelli to their first Welsh Premier title in 2008, has paid the price for not retaining the crown.

Llanelli finished seven points behind new champions Rhyl this season and Nicholas is the first Welsh Premier managerial casualty of the summer.

Former Wales international Andy Legg, 42, is favourite to replace Nicholas.

The former Cardiff City and Swansea City defender has been playing for the Stebonheath Park club since 2007.

"The club are in talks with several parties," a Llanelli statement said.

Nicholas has been a victim on his own success as the Llanelli statement continued: "In the four years that he has been in charge as the club has finished third, second twice and won the championship in 2008.

"Such results are unparalleled in the club's history and a significant part of the credit goes to Peter.

"The decision to not offer a new contract reflects changes the club are making towards cementing their position as a top-flight club in the Welsh Premier League and part of the overall strategic development."

Nicholas enjoyed a distinguished career with Arsenal and Chelsea and won 73 caps for Wales and captained his country.

He was a youth coach at Chelsea and Crystal Palace before he became manager at Barry Town and Newport County.

Nicholas then joined Llanelli as first-team coach in August 2005 when the club became full time, working alongside director of football Lucas Cazorla Luque.

Nicholas became boss when Spaniard Luque left in February 2006.

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see also
Llanelli swap Tucker for Nicholas
15 Aug 05 |  Welsh
Nicholas takes Newport post
15 Nov 02 |  League of Wales
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03 Oct 11 |  Wales

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