COLCHESTER United's under-18 manager Chris Llewellyn has left the club.

Llewellyn has returned to Wales to link up with Carmarthen Town as their Head of Coaching.

As part of his role, the former Wales international will look after the FA of Wales' skill acquisition programme, developed by the FAW Trust.

Former Norwich City and Wrexham favourite Llewellyn joined Colchester in 2017 from Swansea City.

He led them to the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals in his first season in charge of the side, where they were eventually knocked out of the competition by Arsenal.

Llewellyn's departure leaves Colchester searching for a new under-18 boss.

The U's are also on the lookout for someone to lead their under-23 side, following Kevin Horlock's departure earlier this month to take over as the head of Needham Market's academy.

In addition, Colchester are looking to recruit a new academy manager after Jon De Souza made the switch to their Director of Performance.

De Souza told the club's website: "We wish Chris well with his new challenge and thank him for his time at Colchester United.

"We have in mind what our plans are for the new season and hope to be able to confirm the set-up for 2019/20 very soon."

Llewellyn told the Carmarthen Town website: "I'm really excited about the challenges that lay ahead.

"I'm really passionate about Welsh football and when the opportunity to work in Wales arose, I couldn't turn it down."