NIALL McGuinness has resigned as Rhyl manager following their 3-2 JD Welsh Cup defeat at Llandudno Albion.

The former boss, who was the youngest manager in European football when he was appointed at the Corbett Sports Stadium in 2016, decided to call it a day after a disastrous exit at the first round stage at the hands of the Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division One outfit, which is the culmination of a series of events that have led to his demise.

The pressure has been on the former Lilies boss after a disappointing start to the Huws Gray Alliance campaign following their relegation from the JD Welsh Premier League, which has seen the club fall to eighth spot and 11 points behind early pacesetters Caernarfon Town despite having a strong squad at their disposal including the likes of Alex Tichiner and Mark Connolly.

This came to a head during their 2-1 home loss to Ruthin Town which resulted in a confrontation with some sections of the Rhyl supporters.

In a statement, McGuinness said: “I would like to hand in my resignation to the club. It has been a rollercoaster ride over the last 18 months which I unfortunately have been unable to deliver my ambitions I set out for the club.

“I would like to wish the very best to all at Rhyl FC and all who have supported me. In particular thanks to the Chairman Paul Higginson for giving me the opportunity at such a young age and a special mention to all who have stood by me through thick and thin.

“The experience has made me a better coach and I feel I will come out better from it. I have enjoyed my 7 years at the club and best of luck to everyone for the future.”