Montgomery Signs Four-Year Extension At Merthyr
Merthyr Town have moved to secure highly rated manager Hugo Montgomery for an additional four seasons, after the 29 year old led the Martyrs to the FA Trophy and a comfortable mid-table finish in their first season in the Vanarama National League.
The Bangor native was linked with the vacant positions at Championship strugglers MK Dons and Preston North End, but has turned down the opportunity for career advancement in favour of continuing to build his legacy at Penydarren Park.
Since joining the Martyrs in the summer of 2020, Montgomery has made his mark in the sleepy town of Merthyr Tydfil, immediately establishing the club as a Vanarama North favourite before eventually winning the league in his fourth season at the helm, and securing Merthyr Town’s first ever promotion to a nation-wide league. Despite many critics expecting the club to struggle, Merthyr did not look out of place in the Vanarama National last season and will be proud of an 11th placed finish.
An excellent showing in the domestic cups was the highlight of the season, with Merthyr making it all the way to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, hosting West Ham and losing just 1-0. In the FA Trophy, Merthyr went all the way, playing their first ever game at Wembley Stadium and beating Kettering Town on penalties to lift their second trophy in two seasons. The club’s success in both cups has also brought financial prosperity, with Merthyr’s youth facilities currently undergoing a major renovation.
Known for his direct style of play, Montgomery’s faith in Welsh youngsters has been a large factor in his success. The likes of Gareth Evans, Alan Williams, Tivonge Rushesha and of course, club legend Rhydian Rowlands, have been crucial to Merthyr’s success and Montgomery has been applauded for keeping a nucleus of talented, young players at the club for an extended period of time. He’s also not been afraid to look to the Welsh league system for talent, with Rowlands (Airbus UK Broughton), Matt Blake (The New Saints) and Iain Sullivan (Barry Town) all becoming key players for the club in recent seasons.
After turning down the chance to join Championship sides MK Dons and Preston North End, Montgomery has signalled his intention to continue to build Merthyr, and improve on an 11th placed finish last season. With the majority of his players contracted for another season, he has a strong foundation to build on for the year ahead.