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Connolly takes on Interim 1st Team Manager Role

08 October 2017

Rhyl Football Club have accepted the resignation of 1st Team Manager, Niall McGuinness following Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Llandudno Albion in the 1st Round of the JD Welsh Cup.

Rhyl Football Club Managing Director Mike Jones commented that “all associated with the Club are devastated to be out of the JD Welsh Cup at this early stage and we understand and accept the decision taken by Niall McGuinness to stand down as 1st Team Manager and thank him for his service to the Club.  Over the last seven years Niall has been at Rhyl FC he has made a very positive contribution in particularly with his development work transforming the Academy structure to what it is today with teams at all age ranges from 8 to 16 through to the Youth and Reserve teams. Niall has also played an important role for the Club with his award winning work in the Community and with local schools and all associated with Rhyl FC thank him for his service to the Club.”

For the short term the Club ahead of their next Huws Gray Alliance game away to Gresford Athletic next Saturday have confirmed that Mark Connolly has today been approached and subsequently accepted the role of Interim 1st Team Player Manager. Mark Connolly currently holds the UEFA B License and undertakes a coaching role for Liverpool Football Club International Academy. Supporting Mark will be James Brewerton as Assistant, with Matthew Jones and Andy Wilmott continuing their roles of Coach and Goalkeeping Coach. To provide additional support in the dug-out during this period and a fresh perspective Andrew Nelson will be assisting the coaching team. Andrew Nelson has extensive coaching experience including spells at Chorley FC, Witton Albion and Leigh RMI.

With these interim arrangements in place the Club will now consider the long term options and Mike Jones suggested already a keen level of interest had been received from noted figures across the wider region. In terms of the future he acknowledged that there are some significant decisions to be taken. He stated “that whilst we have not produced the results we all wished for at the start of the season, there are still 20 league games to go and an opportunity for the club to push on in the Huws Gray Alliance this season. The post will be advertised shortly and the club will consider the timescale to get a long term appointment in place to take the Club forward. This is a massive appointment and one that needs very careful consideration.”

Off the pitch for the medium term he emphasised the need for all to continue to work together, “this Club relies on the goodwill of the volunteers and supporters who are brilliant in the way they assist the club through their work at the Club, attendance at games and fundraising events. Overall we have over 30 volunteers such as myself, the Board and Committee through to the Stewards who give up their time to keep everything going. At present we have some strong financial support for the club through main sponsors PRS Telecom, supported by Cartrefi Conwy and Corbett Sports, Arriva and NWPS alongside other local companies who help the club. This has helped to give financial stability to the Club. With further sponsorship /investment support the club can continue to move forward.” Mike Jones issued a call for any local business wanting to engage with or be connected with the Club to contact him at Rhyl FC. He stated that "the Club has significant potential : the ground is second to none in Welsh Domestic football ; we have a fanbase that is the envy of many others; we have a great academy system for local boys and girls and great links with Rhyl Ladies. With all of this in the mix the scope for this Club to be a massive beacon for the Town and symbolise its growing regeneration is hopefully there for many to see."