ANDY Morrell’s departure as Wrexham FC boss has been met with an outpouring of gratitude from fans.
The club announced the exit of player/manager Morrell with immediate effect yesterday after two-and-a-half years at the helm at The Racecourse.
Following discussions between the board and Morrell, it was mutually agreed to allow him to leave to pursue other opportunities as the Reds are left to plan for the future.
Peter Jones, chairman of the Wrexham Supporters Trust said: “It is very sad news.
The memories that Andy has given us over the years will live with us forever. It is disappointing it had to end this way, we would have liked him to take the club to promotion, but it wasn’t to be.
“He will always be a legend at Wrexham FC. I would like to wish him every luck in the future.”
During his time as manager at The Racecourse, Morrell achieved two Conference play-off finishes –including reaching the final last season against Newport County at Wembley – and helped Wrexham win the FA Trophy against Grimsby Town 11 months ago. But he was unable to win promotion and return the club to the Football League.
Sky Sports presenter and lifelong Wrexham fan, Bryn Law has paid tribute to Morrell, who was a prolific goalscorer for Wrexham during their 2002-03 promotion campaign in his first spell with the Reds.
“It is very disappointing,” he said. “Myself and Wrexham fans would like to thank him during his two spells at the club. He was a great player and I remember his 34 goal promotion haul.
“Then as a manager the highlight for me was the FA Trophy win at Wembley last season. It will go down as my favourite Wrexham FC match.
“I’d like to wish Andy all the best and I’m sure he will find something else in football quite quickly.”
Veteran Reds’ fan Tom Hughes, 98, has been going to see Wrexham FC for 93 years.
He said: “He is an honest man and I think he knows he has taken this team as far as he can. He’s a smashing bloke, I have always thought that.
“He has been a great servant to the club over the years and this is a sad state of affairs really. He has taken us to Wembley twice, once when we won the cup and once when we just didn’t have that bit of luck to get promotion.
“This season I thought we might kick on and get promotion under Andy, but it wasn’t to be. All we can do now is hope for the best for the rest of this season and the future of Wrexham FC.”
Glyndwr University vice chancellor, Prof Michael Scott: “On behalf of everyone at Glyndwr University I would like to thank Andy Morrell for being such a tremendous servant to the football club and the town of Wrexham.
“He has been a great friend and supporter of the university who gave the fans many happy memories, including victory in the FA Trophy final at Wembley last season.
“Andy enjoyed many great moments with Wrexham FC as a player and manager and we wish him good luck for the future.”