MICKEY EVANS has stepped down as manager of Welsh Premier club Caersws after 18 years at the helm.

Speculation grew this week over the future of the 60-year-old, who was the longest-serving boss in the Welsh Premier after being in charge since its launch back in 1992.

In all, he has been heavily involved with the villagers for the last 24 years after ending his playing days with Wrexham, but now felt the time was right to step down.

“There have been ups and downs over the years but I’ve had a lot of proud moments, enjoyment and satisfaction as manager,” he said.

“I always said that last season would be my last and I feel the time is now right for me to have a rest.

“I’ve given myself a few weeks to think about it, and I told the club of my decision last night. A lot of work goes into the job which people don’t see, it’s very time consuming.

“I’m not getting any younger, I find the travelling increasingly hard but I’ll still help the club in whatever way I can and wish whoever takes over all the best.”

The identity over the new manager has yet to be disclosed, but the club are currently in talks with a possible successor.

Evans was a highly-respected manager, but made a name for himself in his playing days, first starting out with Wolverhampton, before spending 13 seasons with Wrexham where he made some 500 first-team appearances.

He gained two promotions with Wrexham, from the third to first divisions, and represented Wales at Schoolboy, Youth and Under-23 levels.

His achievements at Caersws include three League Cup wins while he also led the Bluebirds into Europe in 2002 when they lost 3-1 on aggregate to Marek Dupnitsa in the InterToto Cup.