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Rhyl part with boss Bickerstaff

Welsh Premier

Welsh Premier League champions Rhyl have parted company with manager Allan Bickerstaff, with Greg Strong taking over as player-manager at Belle Vue.

A club statement confirmed Bickerstaff's departure: "Rhyl FC and Allan Bickerstaff have agreed to part company on amicable terms.

"Rhyl thank Allan for all his efforts and wish him well in his future."

Bickerstaff spent just over a year in charge of the Lilywhites, having taken over from John Hulse in June 2008.

In his first year in charge of Rhyl, Bickerstaff led the club to the Welsh Premier League title, being named the league's Manager of the Year for his efforts.

606: DEBATE

The title saw Rhyl entered for the Champions League qualifiers where they were drawn against former European Cup finalists Partizan Belgrade.

Osian Roberts took charge of the Lilywhites for the two-leg tie - which the Serbian giants won 12-0 on aggregate - as Bickerstaff was absent because of a long-standing family commitment.

Strong, a defender who signed for Rhyl in July 2008, has a wealth of playing experience to help him in his fledgling coaching career.

The 33-year-old began his football career as a trainee with Wigan but signed his first professional forms with home-town club Bolton Wanderers in 1995.

Strong has also played for several Scottish clubs including Motherwell, Livingston and Dundee, plus the likes of Hull City, Cheltenham Town, Scunthorpe United, Bury and Macclesfield Town.



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Roberts hails battling Rhyl show
15 Jul 09 |  Europe
Rhyl 0-4 Partizan Belgrade
14 Jul 09 |  Europe
Owen achieves Welsh Premier award
07 May 09 |  Welsh
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales
Rhyl handed Welsh Premier title
18 Apr 09 |  Welsh
Bickerstaff takes reins at Rhyl
10 Jun 08 |  Welsh


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