Dean Keates: New Wrexham boss punches assistant celebrating goal

Dean Keates
Dean Keates made over 150 appearances for Wrexham between 2010 and 2015

A new job in the afternoon and the first game as the newly-appointed manager in the evening, it was quite a day for Wrexham's Dean Keates.

Keates, 38, had an eventful night and not just because they conceded a late goal in their 2-2 draw with Barrow.

"I punched [assistant manager] Andy Davies in the face for our first goal and the second he dislocated my finger," Keates said.

"We had to get the doctor to pop my finger back in."

The former Walsall and Peterborough United midfielder was appointed Gary Mills' successor after three games in charge of Wrexham as caretaker manager.

John Rooney's 78th-minute strike looked to have sealed a second successive win for Keates' side but Ryan Yates levelled in the 88th minute to rescue a point for Barrow.

"It's been [a day of] highs and lows but I'm proud of the lads," Keates told BBC Radio Wales.

"Obviously we're disappointed with the result but there's something there to work with and we'll go forward."

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