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FORMER Everton and Hibernian coach Andy Holden has been appointed as manager of his home town club Flint, where he began his senior career 36 years ago.

An 'A' licenced coach, Holden had a successful playing career with Chester, Wigan and Oldham and gained one full Welsh international cap. After his playing days were but short by injury, he followed Joe Royle to Everton in 1994 to become part of the coaching staff at Goodison, serving under several managers before joining Alan Stubbs as assistant coach at Hibernian in July 2014.

After winning the Scottish Cup with the Edinburgh club, he moved to Rotherham as a coach, when Stubbs was appointed manager.

"It's been a fairly open secret around the town that we were keen to get Andy involved in some capacity with his home town club, and he has in fact helped out with training at the end of last season," says Flintchairman Darryl Williams.

"But for him to agree to take on the manager's role was almost beyond my wildest dreams. We've had some detailed discussions over the last few weeks, and he is completely on board with all what we are trying to achieve and he wants to play his part in getting the club back into the Welsh Premier League.

"Make no mistake, it's a real coup for Flint Town United to attract someone of Andy's calibre, and it reinforces how serious we are with our plans for the club."

Aden Shannon remains at Cae-y-Castell as Holden's assistant.