Wrexham AFC: Carl Darlington returns as first-team coach


Richard Williams

DEAN KEATES is delighted that his hard work is starting to pay off after securing Carl Darlington’s return to The Racecourse.

Keates was keen to bring Darlington back to Wrexham after succeeding Gary Mills in the Reds’ hotseat, but has had to be patient in his attempts.

Now Darlington, who has been named as first team coach and who will be at the club two days a week and on matchdays, is signed up Keates can focus solely on bringing in new faces ahead of what is hoped will be a promotion push next season.

“I’m obviously delighted to get Darlo in, as he’s someone who can help me personally, someone I can learn from and develop,” said Keates.

“From working with him the first time, we have become good friends and stayed in contact. I’m absolutely delighted that he’s become part of the staff; his contribution, alongside both Andy and Dan will be vital as we look to good forward.

“He is someone who has the club at heart, a local lad and the club means everything to him. 

“He’s a supporter and his boys are supporters, who come and watch games off their own back.

“For me as a young coach/manager, he is someone who I can learn off and his contribution will be massive for the club.

“It’s been a massive transition off the field since January and the pieces have come together. This may well go unnoticed, but it’s taken some hard work to get things ready.”

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