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Manager Neil Reynolds signs two year contract extension

Manager Neil Reynolds signs two year contract extensionWe’re delighted to announce that Neil Reynolds has accepted the offer of a two year contract extension, tying him to FC United until the end of the 2022 season.

It is important that FC United succeeds not only on the pitch but also supports the wider Manchester community, and Neil is someone who will help the club achieve both those aims.

The Board and Operations Team approached Neil with the offer, which he had not sought out, in the light of Neil’s performance since initially joining the club as manager in 2018.

For those of you have heard Neil speak, you will have picked up on his enthusiasm for the club, and you will have seen the brand of fast attacking football that he sets the team to play but that is just a sliver of what he brings to the club.

To say that Neil ’gets it’ is an understatement. Since he joined the club he has immersed himself in the culture and the ethos of what FC is about. Matched with his desire to succeed, his intelligence, passion, compassion, humour, commitment to bring the best out of those around him, and sheer hard work, often working long hours away outside matchday, be that scouting, attending meetings with important groups that could support FC, or even spending his free time doing anything he can to progress the club, even helping to paint the players’ tunnel in the summer holidays; he is the right person at the right time in the right place.

On behalf of the Board of FC United, Adrian Seddon: "In October 2018 the club appointed a young manager who we felt had the drive to transform a stagnating football squad and culture. Neil has overseen a complete squad revamp both in terms of the players brought in but equally a reconnect between the football club and its supporters that had eroded in recent years. We have a talented coaching staff and young vibrant squad who play an exciting brand of football on the pitch and have embraced the club and its supporters off it. We are delighted that Neil had no hesitation in extending his contract for a further two seasons and our shared ambition to bring success to our football club."

In response, Neil Reynolds said: "I just want to say thank you to everyone connected to the club, I didn’t expect it when the club said there’s an offer on the table. For me there was no thought of negotiating, just when can I sign it.

"This club means everything to me and in the short time I’ve been here I didn’t think I’d fall so hard for it but I have. I love being manager of the club. We’ve got the best fans, we’ve got great facilities, we’ve got a great set of players, we’ve got a great coaching team. I’ve got the backing from the board and my line manager Paul Smith, and I just want this journey to continue.

"I love every minute of it here at FC United and I still take the relegation personally, I set out to bring the good times back to FC and having the two year extension will help me do just that."

He says himself he wears his heart on his sleeve, and what a big heart it is.

First Posted ~ 12:11 Sun 2 Feb 2020
News ID ~ 8627
Last Updated ~ 17:00 Fri 19 Feb 2021