FC United of Manchester boss agrees contract extension

FC United of Manchester have announced that manager Neil Reynolds has signed a new two-year deal, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2025/26 season.

Reynolds first joined the club in October 2018 after a successful spell in charge of fellow Northern Premier League side Bamber Bridge.

Under his stewardship, FC United won the inaugural Fenix Trophy and have shown an ability to compete at Step 3 level, while operating in what the club describe as a "financially sustainable" way.

An FC United statement pointed to Reynolds' ability to develop players, with the likes of Regan Linney, Tunde Owolabi, Elliot Simoes and Sandro Da Costa going on to feature at higher levels.

“I’m immensely proud to be the manager of FC United and to be given this opportunity to continue the work that we’ve begun," he said.

“I love this club and care deeply about it – both in what we do on and off the pitch. The potential of this club excites me, and I’m very much looking forward to continuing to lead the club to the ambitious targets we’ve set ourselves in our business plan.

“I’d like to thank the board, my backroom staff, the players, all our other staff and volunteers, and, of course, the club’s fans and owners for all the support you’ve given me.”

FC United currently find themselves 16th in the Northern Premier League, 14 points above the drop zone.

However, they have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks by winning three of their last four matches either side of Christmas.

Speaking on behalf of the board, chair Nick Boom said: “I’m delighted to announce the extension of Neil Reynolds’ contract as the manager of FC United.

"Neil's passion, commitment, and high standards make him an excellent fit for our club's vision.

“This extension not only signifies our confidence in Neil, but also provides stability and certainty, allowing the club to focus on a strong performance in the second half of the season.

“It also facilitates meticulous planning for next season, ensuring we are well-prepared for player contracts, retention, and recruitment from February onwards.

"We look forward to a successful future under Neil's leadership."

Photo credit: FC United of Manchester

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