NEWPORT County AFC have announced that Grant Kalahar is to leave his role as academy manager – with former captain Byron Anthony replacing him on an interim basis.

The club has also appointed a new chief operating officer, while the election process to find new directors for the Supporters Trust board is on hold after only one nomination was received for four posts.

In a monthly newsletter the Supporters Trust revealed that Kalahar, who was appointed last summer, will move on at the end of the campaign.

“We can confirm that Grant Kalahar will leave the club at the end of the season and will look to explore new challenges and opportunities,” said the Trust statement.

“During his tenure the academy have taken great strides forward, which will serve us well for the future.

“We would like to thank Grant for his hard work and we will now look to continue building on the solid foundations that we have established.

“Grant will now be stepping back from the full-time programme to allow us to plan for next season’s campaign.

“With immediate effect Byron Anthony will take charge of the academy as an interim appointment until the end of the season.

“The club will now undertake a review of the position before making a permanent appointment.”

The club has also moved to replace chief executive Jason Turner, who resigned in January, with Anthony Redwood named as chief operating officer.

The Trust statement said: “Given the recent departure of the CEO the board has taken the time to reflect on the structure that is needed going forward.

“Following the review the structure will have three pillars: Football – headed by the first team manager; Administration – headed by club secretary Lewis Richards; and Operations – headed by COO Anthony Redwood.

“The board is delighted that Anthony has agreed to take on additional responsibilities associated with this role.

“Anthony joined us earlier this season on a consultancy basis, supporting the executive as part of the backroom team.

“Anthony has forged an esteemed career in the professional football industry as an operations manager at Cardiff City FC, and more recently in events management at The Premier League.

“Anthony’s father, Derek Redwood, is a former player who spent three years at the club between 1972 and 1975.”

On the elections the Trust said: “Unfortunately, we only received one applicant in the first round and as a result we are considering how we move forward.

“We have received feedback that some of the responsibilities could have turned candidates off applying and we will look at this as part of the next step.

“For the avoidance of doubt anyone who is a director of the club will have parity, whether they sit on the Football or Trust board.”