Wrexham back on track, says manager Dean Saunders

Dean Saunders
Saunders has been at the helm at the Racecourse since October 2008

Wrexham boss Dean Saunders is confident the club will be able to start the new season on Saturday despite the threat of expulsion from the Conference.

The club must convince the Football Conference by the end of Tuesday it can complete this season's fixtures by meeting a number of demands.

Saunders is confident the club can move forward after the players were paid.

"Hopefully we're back on track now and we [can] concentrate on football," he said.

The Wrexham manager's preparations for the new season have been disrupted by uncertainty over the club's future.

The club have been given additional time by the Football Conference to give assurances it can complete this season's fixtures following a summer of turmoil.

Players and staff were not paid and two pre-season matches at Colwyn Bay and Vauxhall Motors were postponed.

And Dragons co-owner Geoff Moss said the football club had run out of money.

But Wrexham's owners have since completed the sale of the Racecourse and Colliers Park training facilities to Glyndwr University.

Now Wrexham must convince the Football Conference it can complete this season's fixtures by meeting a number of demands.

The Blue Square Bet Premier side completed their pre-season fixture with a 4-2 win over Gap Connah's Quay.

Speaking to BBC Sport Wales after the game Saunders confirmed the players had now been paid.

"It's hard to give anybody a rollicking when they're not getting paid," said Saunders of the recent situation.

"I've had to try and handle the situation the best I can and to be fair the players have been brilliant.

"They've not broke ranks, they've all stuck together and hopefully we can become a stronger unit and I'll just put it down to experience."

Saunders' side are scheduled to begin their league season at home to Cambridge United on Saturday.

The former Wales and Liverpool striker described preparations for the new campaign as "unusual".

"We started back a week late and it's been one problem after another," he said. "Up to a certain point we trained quite well and we had everything to plan.

"A couple of games got cancelled and it put us behind a little bit.

"There's lots of clubs having similar problems. Most of the clubs in our league are struggling to make ends meet.

"I was going to find it hard to come to the game and ask the players to play if they hadn't been paid.

"Fortunately we've been paid and hopefully we've got a bright future in front of us."

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