Neil Gibson is the new manager of Flint Town United

Neil Gibson is unveiled as Flint Town United’s new manager. Picture: FTUFC

Neil Gibson is the new manager of Flint Town United.

The former Welsh Cup winning boss with Prestatyn Town replaces Niall McGuinness at the Essity Stadium.

McGuinness parted company with the Cymru Premier club yesterday after three years at the helm.

Gibson, 41, a former Tranmere Rovers professional and Wales Under-21 cap, took over as manager of Prestatyn in 2007-08.

He led the club to three Cymru Alliance titles, eight seasons in the Welsh Premier, plus Welsh Cup, Europa League and NWCFA Challenge Cup success before leaving Bastion Gardens in October.

Earlier today, the man affectionately known as “Gibbo” met Flint officials, headed by director of football Paul Davies, at the Essity to discuss the role, and agree terms.

Things were quickly completed to the satisfaction of both parties. Gibson will oversee training this week, and be in the dugout at Penybont on Saturday.

Davies said: “I’m delighted we have been able to attract someone of the calibre of Neil to the club, who is widely respected throughout Welsh football, and I’m sure his experience at this level will prove hugely beneficial to us as we look to ensure our survival in the Cymru Premier.”

Flint are currently next-to-bottom of the Cymru Premier with just three wins in 14 starts and need Gibson to work his magic rapidly to save them from an instant return to tier two.

Gibson said: “I’m delighted to become the manager of Flint Town Football Club. After speaking with the board, I was very impressed with the vision they have for the football club moving forward, which, in turn, made my decision an easy one to make.

“I feel that this vision is a good fit with my own philosophy and principles, and together we shall be able to move the club in an exciting direction.

“Flint have waited a long time to be back into the Welsh Premier and the priority is to ensure we retain our status. This will then give us a platform upon which to build. enabling continued development both on and off the pitch, and establishing ourselves as a Cymru Premier club for many years to come.

“I’m really excited about working with the current group of players and feel they have a vast amount of potential to fulfil.

“I know the Flint supporters are extremely passionate about their club and I want them all to know that myself, my staff and my players will be giving everything to represent you on the pitch, matching your passion.”

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