Sam Ricketts: Ex-Wales defender becomes new Wrexham manager

Wrexham director Spencer Harris (left) with new manager Sam Ricketts
Wrexham director Spencer Harris (left) with new manager Sam Ricketts

Former Wales defender Sam Ricketts has been appointed new manager at National League side Wrexham.

The 36-year-old, who won 52 caps between 2005 and 2014, leaves his role in the youth set-up at Wolves to sign a three-year deal.

He succeeds Dean Keates, who left to take over at Walsall on 16 March.

"We believe we have chosen the outstanding candidate to take the club forward," said Wrexham director Spencer Harris.

"Sam is a man with an excellent pedigree in football. We believe he has the knowledge, drive and determination to bring success to the club."

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Ricketts excited by Wrexham challenge

Former Wolves skipper Ricketts also played for Swansea City, Hull City, Bolton Wanderers and Coventry City before retiring in 2016.

Andy Davies and Carl Darlington, who have been in charge since Keates left, will remain as part of Ricketts' backroom team.

Wrexham finished 10th - four points outside the play-off positions - after claiming only seven points from a possible 27 following Keates' exit.

Harris added: "We are sure Sam will receive the usual tremendous backing from our fantastic supporters. We now look forward with real enthusiasm to the new season."

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