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Gary Lloyd to step in for Llanelli game

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

By Stephen Ware

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GARY Lloyd is ready to step into the breach and lead Llanelli against The New Saints on Saturday.

Coach Lloyd has been left reeling by the departure of manager Andy Legg and his assistant Steve Jenkins.

The pair quit the crisis club last Sunday

Players were already owed money before their October wages were not paid, while the club also has a number of other creditors.

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Lloyd admits his long-term future is uncertain as he is torn between loyalty to Legg and the club he loves.

But the Llanelli stalwart has confirmed he will take the reins for Saturday's match if no-one else comes in.

"I don't know if I'll carry on, but I won't see the boys on their own on Saturday," said Lloyd.

"If they are, I'll give them a hand, I'll help out."

Lloyd came through the youth ranks at Stebonheath Park where he played for three seasons in the early 1990s before joining Barry Town.

After ten years there he returned to West Wales, representing Carmarthen Town and the Reds.

The former Wales B international joined the Llanelli coaching team after retiring from playing in 2009.

He is from the town and son of club legend Gilbert Lloyd.

"I don't know what I'll do at the moment, it's still up in the air," said Lloyd.

"I spoke to Leggy and the decision then was that I was going to go.

"But he told me to go away and think about it because this is my club, I've been brought up here and this is my home town.

"I want to show Andy loyalty because he and Steve (Jenkins) have been fantastic since they've been here. With what they've had to put up with over the last three or four months they've been brilliant."

Lloyd admitted he feared for the future as the club faces a second winding up order at London's High Court.

Llanelli Town Council are also owed £18,000 in rent for Stebonheath Park.

"I don't know how long the club is going to go on," added Lloyd.

"Are the boys going to play on Saturday? They're probably looking at things because it's all been building up.

"It's devastating. The club has had such success over the last couple of years — to qualify for Europe seven years on the trot is fantastic.

"To see the way the club is going now is not a nice feeling.

"If I'm being totally honest, the future isn't looking good.

"It would be great if the town could rally around on Saturday. A big crowd would definitely give everyone a lift."

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