Greg Strong’s six-year reign as Rhyl FC manager is over.
The Lillywhites parted company with the veteran defender by mutual consent on Tuesday afternoon, after the club failed to qualify for the Europa League for the second season in a row. Strong’s latest contract with the Welsh Premier outfit was due to end next month.
In a brief statement, club chairman Paul Higginson said: ”Greg has been a stalwart at the club as both a player and a manager and will be missed. Greg is a true professional who combines a competitive nature of that of a gentleman”.
In six years, Strong has seen Rhyl both in and out of the Welsh Premier – they returned to the top flight two years ago after sealing the Huws Gray Alliance title with an unprecedented unbeaten run that lasted all season long.
His last campaign saw Rhyl reach the Welsh Cup semi finals, but Europe was always a key target, and when they threw away a play off spot at Bangor City last month, Strong was resigned to deeming another unsuccessful season. The New Saints’ Welsh Cup win over Newtown on Saturday confirmed the end of the Lillywhites’ season, and with that, the end of the Greg Strong era.
A replacement has not been lined up yet – but managing director Mike Jones says whoever takes over at Belle Vue would fit into Rhyl’s new club ethos based on its heritage and its place in local football. Jones said: ”We believe that we have a heritage and history to be proud of, and that Rhyl should become a natural destination for talented local footballers alongside other quality players within the Club.”