It’s been a busy 24 hours at Rhyl FC after Gareth Owen’s brief tenure as manager came to an end on Monday night.
Owen, a Welsh Premier League winner as a player with the club, was given the job at the start of the season but dismissed after being unable to lift the Lilywhites out of the bottom two where they remain five points adrift of safety, following last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat to Aberystwyth.
No doubt with an eye on Saturday’s fixture away to the side immediately above them in safety, Port Talbot, Rhyl moved swiftly to announce Gareth Owen’s successor naming 24-year-old academy director Niall McGuiness as new first team manager. Perhaps more remarkable than his age – which must surely make him the youngest top division manager in Europe – is the fact that his father Laurie has been appointed as his assistant!
The task awaiting the McGuiness family is not an easy one with Rhyl sitting 11th in the table, five points off Port Talbot.
Rhyl are winless in their last 12 WPL outings and are short of both goals and confidence but with home and away fixtures against the sides either side of them still to come in Phase 2, there is still time to ensure celebrations in the McGuiness household at the end of the season!
WPL bottom three:
10. Port Talbot, 24 points
11. RHYL, 19 points
12. Haverfordwest, 18 points