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FLINT Town United have parted company with manager Andy Holden by mutual consent just four months after his appointment was hailed as a "major coup" by the Silkmen, who currently occupy 11th-place in the Huws Gray Alliance.

"Andy Holden joined Flint Town United from the professional side of the game and over his short tenure at Cae-y- Castell has had to encounter all of the frustrations semi-professional football brings," says a statement from chairman Darryl Williams.

"Whilst bringing him into the Flint Town United fold gave everyone a lift in terms of stature, it is clear to both Andy and the Club that the gulf in levels is clearly not the way forward for either the individual and the club. 

"Andy Holden is a Flint man through and through, who has a passion for the Town, and I would like to thank Andy for his efforts for Flint Town United and indeed his honesty in discussing both the club's and his own best interests.

"The club now falls into a period of transition and has agreed that Aden Shannon will take on the role of interim/caretaker manager whilst the club takes a period of time for reflection.

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 cut 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.