Nicky Hayen takes command of Haverfordwest County AFC


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The HAVERFORDWEST County AFC has confirmed the appointment of Nicky Hayen as the club’s new first team manager and technical director.

The Belgian, who holds a UEFA Pro license, arrives at The Ogi Bridge Meadow on an 18-month contract, with an additional 12-month clause – subject to a work permit.

His coaching career to date has seen him interning at various clubs, his most recent role being at Waasland-Beveren in the Belgian Pro League, which he left at the end of the 2020-21 season.

Prior to that, Hayen spent three years with the former club Sint-Truiden, where he first started working as an Under-18 coach, before becoming the interim coach and later l assistant coach of the Belgian Pro League.

The 41-year-old, who has made more than 300 senior appearances over a 15-year playing career, began his coaching journey in 2013 when he took on the player / coach role in the former Dender’s club in the then Belgian third division (now Belgian division 3).

Hayen’s brilliant career on the pitch, which began in 1999, saw him compete at the highest level of Belgian football with Sint-Truiden, his birthplace, for nine years.

After leaving his childhood club in 2008, he went on to represent RBC Roosendaal, Oud-Heverlee Leuven and Antwerp on to lend, before hanging up his boots on Dender.

Hayen said it was an easy choice to join the club.

“The first conversation with the president was very good, we were just on the same page, the ambition and the things he wants to achieve for the club match my ambition and the things I want, so I think it was a game from day one.

“I hope we can be successful in the months to come and in the future.”

Commenting on Hayen’s appointment, President Rob Edwards said Hayen was the number one candidate for the post.

“Nicky may feel like a date on the pitch, but he stood out throughout the process, and his values ​​and philosophy resonate with me personally, and with what I want Haverfordwest County on and in. outside the field.

“He has played a lot of matches and managed at the highest level in Belgium, and he ticked all the boxes in our criteria when we started this recruitment process.

“I’m delighted to have someone of his caliber on board, and I can’t wait to work with him.”

Nicky will not be able to officially begin her role until visa formalities are completed, so Sean Pemberton and Jazz Richards, who oversaw the previous two games against Bala Town and Connah’s Quay Nomads, will remain in charge of the upcoming double header. with Aberystwyth Town in the JD Cymru Premier.

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