Newport County will not replace Tim Harris, says chief executive

Newport County chief executive Dave Boddy has said the club will not be appointing a new director of football.

Tim Harris has left his role as County's director of football to return to Gloucester City as manager.

Boddy said Harris's departure was a big loss but the Exiles would not be seeking a replacement.

"We've got an in depth management staff already," Boddy told BBC Radio Wales Sport.

"I think the roles will be absorbed between myself, Justin [Edinburgh, manager] and the secretary Tim Lane."

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It's a big loss and a sad day because he had been associated with the club for a long time

Dave Boddy Newport County chief executive

"Justin's more than capable of fulfilling some of the roles that Tim did so it probably does give him a bit more flexibility."

Harris was director of football at Newport County for five years having previously managed the Exiles.

The 54-year-old returns to Conference North strugglers Gloucester City, where he has previously played and managed.

"Tim brought a lot of drive, energy and enthusiasm to the club particularly in the early days as director of football with Dean Holdsworth," Boddy added.

"I think Dean was struggling when he first joined the club and I think Tim brought some direction to it and he's been brilliant ever since.

"It's a big loss and a sad day because he had been associated with the club for a long time.

"He had indicated it would possibly be his last season anyway because of his business commitments.

"The fact the Gloucester job came up when it did was too good a chance for him to miss really.

"We reluctantly accepted he was going to take it."