BANGOR City manager Gary Taylor-Fletcher has emerged as a leading candidate for the vacant Llandudno job.

The Pioneer understands that Taylor-Fletcher formally applied for the position when it was made vacant due to Iwan Williams’ official departure following a period of compassionate leave, with discussions ongoing between the recently relegated side and the former Premier League star.

Taylor-Fletcher is no stranger to the Giant Hospitality Stadium after signing as a player earlier this season before making a move to the Citizens’ hot seat, where he oversaw a difficult period at the club due to financial issues and a host of senior departures.

He introduced a number of Academy players into the first team during the second half of the season, but they were unable to catch eventual champions Airbus Broughton and had to contend with four spot.

Taylor-Fletcher has long indicated his desire to move into management after a glittering playing career which has seen him turn out for prestigious sides such as Blackpool and Leicester City and score at venues such as Old Trafford.

He worked with manager Kevin Nicholson at Bangor City as a player-assistant and helped them finish second in the JD Welsh Premier League before their demotion to the second tier.

The Tier 2 North side are formally expected to announce the decision on Tuesday morning, with Guy Handscombe another name that is being strongly considered for the role.

Handscombe has played a leading role in the impressive success of Port’s Academy set-up in recent years before working under departed manager Craig Papirnyk last term, guiding their side to a third-place finish in the Huws Gray Alliance.