Local Sport, Point FM Sport — December 10, 2016 at 8:30 am — Updated: December 10, 2016 at 8:33 am

McGuinness commits to Lillywhites

Rhyl FC

Rhyl FC

Niall McGuinness has committed his future with Rhyl FC by signing a new contract.

Ahead of a crucial week in the Welsh Premier, the Lillywhites manager has penned a deal keeping him in charge at Belle Vue until at least the end of next season.

McGuinness, one of the youngest managers in any European league, took over from Gareth Owen last February, and agreed to stay on permanently after the club held onto its top flight Welsh status.

Managing director Mike Jones said on Friday night: ”Niall fully understands how the club operates behind the scenes and appreciates the hard work and dedication of the volunteers to fight to keep this club alive. His passion, commitment and determination to Rhyl Football Club has added strength to our cause and together we will succeed.”

”Niall has produced some positive results and performances this season under limited financial resources and has assembled a hungry young team of players willing to play and fight for the badge of the Lilywhites”.

McGuinness added: ”It’s fantastic for myself and it just gives me that stability now to carry on building what we started.”

The club were keen to stress that the first team squad had been bolstered by local players – and as many as nine of those who started in the 6-0 Welsh Cup win over Penrhyncoch were under the age of 25.

The Lillywhites are three points off a top six place for the second half of the WPL campaign, but have won just one of their last eight league outings ahead of home clashes with struggling Newtown on Saturday and runaway leaders The New Saints on Wednesday night. They’ll be without midfielder Alex Jones, whose red card against Penrhyncoch sees him starting a four-game ban.

Score updates on Rhyl’s home clashes with Newtown and The New Saints on MatchPoint Live on Saturday from 2-6pm and in a midweek special on Wednesday from 7-10pm.

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