JAMES Rowberry has been appointed as Newport County AFC manager, replacing Michael Flynn to become the Exiles’ second successive boss from the city.

Rowberry has landed the top job at Rodney Parade, returning to his hometown club after previously working with the academy.

The Exiles confirmed the appointment on Tuesday evening with interim manager Wayne Hatswell in charge of the home League Two fixture against Carlisle before the new boss takes the reins for Saturday’s trip to Bristol Rovers.

"Further to our recent recruitment communication, the club are delighted to announce the appointment of James Rowberry as our new manager," read a short statement.

"The appointment comes after an extensive search to find the right person to take Newport County AFC forward. A press conference will be held tomorrow to formally introduce James."

He heads to Rodney Parade from Cardiff City, where he has been coaching the first team after joining the Bluebirds’ youth set-up in 2013.

County sporting director Darren Kelly lead the recruitment drive after the sudden departure of Flynn, who had been in the role since 2017, at the start of the month.

Final interviews were held on Monday and it is Rowberry, who went to Hartridge High School in the city, that has been given the nod.

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Rowberry has an impressive CV of coaching having been involved with the Football Association of Wales since 2006.

He gained his UEFA pro licence at the age of 29 at Dragon Park in Newport and has led coaching development programmes for the FAW.

Rowberry is expected to work closely with Kelly to provide a link from academy to first team while continuing the style of play developed by Flynn, who was never shy in giving youth a chance.

County have performed strongly under Hatswell, beating Scunthorpe 3-0, having the better of Bradford in a 0-0 draw and sharing the spoils 2-2 at Exeter City.

The Argus will cover Rowberry's first press conference tomorrow.