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FORMER Manchester City academy chief Alex Gibson has been named as the caretaker manager of Llandudno following the sacking of Alan Morgan yesterday.

The 62-year-old, who helped coach the side during pre-season preparatons, is credited with bringing through Micah Richards, Stephen Ireland, Michael Johnson and Nedum Onouha through the ranks as part of the Blues' youth set-up, in addition to guiding City to victory in the FA Youth Cup for only the second time in the club’s history.

Gibson was also a coach when England won the European Under 18s Championship for the only time in 1993, with a squad that included Nicky Butt, Sol Campbell, Robbie Fowler, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes when defeating Turkey in the final.

He coached 60 youth international matches and, for a brief time, worked with Howard Wilkinson in the Under-21s set-up as well as a spell as Under-15s technical director.

As a player, Gibson represented his home town Warrington Schoolboys and went to join Manchester United's junior ranks before injury meant he would play out his career in the higher echelons of non-league. He took his first coaching exam when he was 17 and was on the staff at Warrington Town when they reached the final of the FA Vase in 1987.

Having also qualified as a teacher, spent seven years with the English FA before moving to Manchester City's Academy and has since coached at Wigan Athletic.