Nicky Hayen has penned a parting message to the players, staff and supporters of Haverfordwest County after agreeing terms with Club Brugge to become the head coach of their under-23s team.

I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who is, or was involved during my time at Haverfordwest County AFC. I am not going to thank any one individual because I don’t want to forget anyone. Everyone embraced me since day one, and contributed in one or another way to the pathway we created together.

We created a more professional platform on and off the pitch, we all worked hard to create an environment where people wanted to be: players, coaches, fans, etc., and I see it especially as a compliment when this comes from other managers from this league.

I truly hope that everyone continues what we started and created together, and that this will be at least the minimum standard for the future.

Even if it was a short time, I really loved my time in and around the club, and it was a pleasure to work with all of you. Everyone worked so hard and that made this period exciting, intense and emotional.

I see it as a compliment that people are gutted, understanding and proud at the same time, but it made me really sad that I had to inform you that I would leave the club – but also very proud and honoured to have this huge opportunity of working for Club Brugge.

I genuinely wish and want to see that ‘you can have it all’, even when you suffer a disappointment, but I truly believe that you can convert this disappointment in to a strength, because this club can do this.

I will be this club’s number one supporter, and I will always remember my time in Haviewest!

I don’t say goodbye, but see you one day!

So, truly, thank you – diolch – dank u 💙