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Caretaker boss Scott Young asks Port Talbot Town fans for backing

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 30, 2012

By Stephen Ware

Mark Jones

Dismissed: Former Port Talbot manager Mark Jones.

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CARETAKER manager Scott Young has asked Port Talbot Town fans for their backing as he takes charge for the first time against Prestatyn tomorrow (2.30).

The former Cardiff City defender stepped up after Mark Jones was sacked earlier this week.

Chairman Andrew Edwards claimed Jones was dismissed because the club had fallen short of the standards expected.

The board felt that an increase in investment had not led to significant improvement on the pitch.

Young was a coach under Jones but has now taken the managerial reins on a temporary basis.

And Edwards indicated that the 36-year-old could land the job permanently if he impresses in the coming games.

"I just ask the supporters to give us a chance and most importantly get behind the team," said Young.

"One thing I grew up on is that you give 100 per cent week in, week out and that's the minimum requirement of staff and players."

Port Talbot host high-flying Prestatyn after being thumped 5-0 by Airbus last weekend.

They are two points behind sixth-placed Connah's Quay with seven games left until the league separates into two competitions.

Getting into the Championship Conference was one of the minimum requirements at the start of the season.

Prestatyn head to the GenQuip in second place after beating Bala last time out.

Despite taking over, Young will not be in the home dugout as he serves a one-game touchline ban.

"It'll be strange on Saturday because on one hand I'm really, really looking forward to it and can't wait to get involved, but on the other hand I'm suspended, so that will be very frustrating," he said.

"Obviously things are going to change, I'll have slightly different methods and the players will have a clean slate to work from.

"A lot of them have worked for 'Joner' for a long time but I'll make some honest decisions and with the transfer window in January, if I'm still here, I'll be looking to bring one or two in."

Young admitted he had to think long and hard before accepting the caretaker manager's job out of loyalty to Jones.

"I was brought in to be Mark's assistant. That's what I was here to do," he said.

"The board felt it was the right decision to make a change and I've been in football long enough that sometimes that happens.

"I spoke to Joner a few times on Monday, it was a tough day.

"I was very close to him. He's a top guy and one of the best coaches in the league.

"Leaving definitely crossed my mind. But I was brought in to do a job and it isn't finished yet."

And Young would certainly be interested in succeeding Jones long term.

"If it's right for both sides, I'd love to give it a shot," he added.

"We're coming off two defeats in which we've conceded nine goals so the game against Prestatyn is going to be tough.

"We're probably underdogs, but that suits me fine."

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