IT looks increasingly likely that Wrexham will be looking to appoint a new manager.

Former Wales international Sam Ricketts, who took charge of the Reds in May on a three year contract, has been linked with the vacant managerial position at Shrewsbury Town.

One of the favourites for the role, Ricketts had stated after Tuesday's goalless draw at Barrow that there had been no contact from the League One club.

But there has been more speculation since then that Shrewsbury were closing in on a move to make Ricketts their new boss.

Wrexham are preparing for tonight's FA Cup second round tie against Newport County, whose manager Mike Flynn has also been linked with the Shrews job, and Ricketts will not be taking charge.

A club statement read: "In view of the speculation surrounding the future of our first team manager Sam Ricketts, Wrexham AFC felt it is not appropriate for him to attend this evening's game.

"We will seek to clarify Sam's future as Wrexham AFC manager as soon as is possible.

"Graham Barrow, Jussi Jaaskelainen and Carl Darlington will take charge of tonight's second round tie."