Southern League Premier Division South side Methyr Town have put out a short statement via Twitter regarding their first team manager Gavin Williams. The 38 year old is of course well known as a former Yeovil Town winger and attacking midfielder, having been part of the club's promotion seasons in 2002-03 and 2004-05 that saw them rise into the Football League along with a second promotion into League One two years later. Gavin also played a more minor part in the club's 2012-13 League One season that saw them promoted to the Championship.
His current club, who he has been managing since May 2016, have responded to speculation linking him with the Yeovil Town first team management position. Williams has this afternoon become the latest in a revolving list of personnel to become favourite for the position, according to the bookmakers, with SkyBet's 6/4 ranking knocking Tony Pennock off the top of that list.
As well as posting a screenshot of the betting page, which at that time had Williams as second favourite to Pennock, they have published a tweet entitled "Gavin Williams Speculation" which reads as follows:
"Regarding recent speculation about first team manager, Gavin Williams, being linked as a favourite for the role at Yeovil Town. Merthyr Town would like to assure that they will be doing everything in their power to retain Gavin and his services."
It's unusual for a club's official Twitter account to pay lip service to a bookmaker's odds list, given that such listings are generally derived from the number of bets and enquiries issued through that operator along with their rival operators. Merthyr do not confirm that there is any truth behind the speculation, but instead fuel the fire a little by implying that they need to do 'everything in their power' to keep their manager. It would be a major surprise if Yeovil Town were showing an interest in him though, given Merthyr currently lie two divisions below the National League main division, with his current side's position being the highest level he has held a coaching position in.
Williams has been at Merthyr since December 2013, having initially joined as a player from Woking. However, in May 2014, he became their assistant manager, and moved up one level to the top position two years later. He's had a difficult time there, having to deal with a number of financial problems at Penydarren Park, but gave them the Southern League Division One South and West title in 2014-15, whilst providing them with the Southern League Cup a year later.
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