FLINT Town United are set to appoint Neil Gibson as their new manager this week.

The Silkmen parted ways with manager Niall McGuinness following their 6-3 loss at Barry Town United, which was their 11th reverse in 14 JD Cymru Premier games this season.

The Journal understands that Gibson has agreed to take over at the helm after rapid discussions between the former Prestatyn Town manager and United chairman Darryl Williams.

Gibson led the Seasiders’ to a convincing JD Cymru North title win last season before the club were denied promotion after failing to obtain their Tier 1 Domestic Licence from the Football Association of Wales due to an issue regarding their TV gantry.

A dispute with Town chairman Jamie Welsh resulted in Gibson resigning from his role earlier this year, which also saw the vast majority of Town’s title-winning squad following the boss out of the door.

There would be plenty of familiar faces for Gibson should he end up taking the Flint job, with the likes of Ben Maher, Rob Hughes, Alex Jones and Kai Edwards all working with the boss last season during their memorable campaign that saw Prestatyn finish 16 points clear of the Silkmen and reach the JD Welsh Cup semi-final before the FAW curtailed the campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Gibson’s first task will be to tr and steer Flint away from danger, with the FAW and Cymru Leagues board declaring that promotion and relegation will be granted from the second-tier and top-flight when the JD Cymru North and South league finally get underway under a new format in the New Year.

No official announcement has yet been made by the club, although that is expected in the coming days.