Local Sport, Point FM Sport — May 9, 2016 at 11:57 am — Updated: May 9, 2016 at 11:57 am

Niall stays on with Lillywhites

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Rhyl FC have confirmed Niall McGuinness will remain in charge of the Lillywhites next season.

The club announced on Saturday evening that their Academy Director – one of the youngest managers in any European league – would continue to lead the first team having held onto their Welsh Premier status.

McGuinness took temporary charge back in February for the last eight games of the season, following the departure of Gareth Owen. Although having won just twice and finishing in the bottom two, the club avoided relegation after Port Talbot Town were denied a domestic licence.

Lillywhites chairman Paul Higginson said: ”We have appointed a manager who has a clear vision for the first team and for the playing side of the club as a whole. Niall has a determination , maturity and coaching talent beyond his years. We are determined to ensure the club is positively influenced by and oriented to the local community. As well as positively influencing the community.”

While McGuinness has been seen to impress the club’s directors at the tail end of a season to forget, he indicated on Saturday that he’ll need to bring in more experience if the club are to push for a much stronger performance in their next campaign – ideally, pushing towards a place in the top six, and potentially, a return to European football.

Rhyl FC managing director Mike Jones added: ”Niall as a local lad is passionate about the town, about the academy that he has strengthened over the years and about the links that need to be developed between the club and the local area…Niall is a young ambitious and talented coach who has a clear vision for taking the club forward playing football and a vision which reflects the aspirations of the club’s management team to develop the club further.”

The club are yet to announce their pre-season friendly fixtures.

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