Terry Boyle takes over as Neath manager

Neath Athletic FC

Neath have appointed former Wales defender Terry Boyle as manager.

The club, who finished third in the Welsh Premier League last season, have moved quickly after parting company with long-serving manager Andy Dyer last week.

Coach Peter Nicholas had assumed control following Dyer's departure, and the club have not revealed how Boyle's appointment affects his position.

Neath's squad rebuilding has continued with the signing of keeper Lee Kendall.

Kendall, one of the most respected and experienced stoppers in the Welsh Premier, had been playing for Port Talbot Town for the past two seasons.

The 30-year-old fills the void left following the departure of Lee Idzi. He was one of seven players released by Neath on Monday, but the 23-year-old has already been snapped up by champions Bangor City.

Neath qualified for Europe for the first time in their history after a play-off win over Prestatyn, and the well-financed club are intent on pushing for honours.

New manager Boyle, 52, has a wealth of experience in Welsh football circles as a coach and player, and the Eagles believe he has the attributes to take the club to the next level.

"Boyle was one of a number of high calibre applicants for the role but his success in working with young players and developing talent made him the stand out choice to take the job," said a statement on the Neath website.

Boyle, currently manager of the Wales Under-23 semi-professional side, added: "It's a pleasure to take the job at Neath, they have had a swift rise in Welsh club football culminating in them qualifying for European football next season.

"They have a lot of talented lads at the Gnoll and I hope to use my experience in player development to challenge for the league title next season and beyond.

"There are exciting times ahead at Neath and I very much look forward to playing a part in those.''