SPENCER HARRIS insists Wrexham won't rush into appointing a new manager and says the club are in good hands.

Sam Ricketts, who took over the Racecourse hotseat in May, was unveiled as Shrewsbury Town boss on Monday and his assistant, Graham Barrow, has been appointed the Reds' interim manager.

Dennis Lawrence and John Askey are among the names linked with the vacancy and the process is well under way to appoint Ricketts' successor.

"We have had a flood of applicants, there is no need to advertise positions in football these days." said Harris.

"As soon as the speculation was there around Sam, I was getting calls from people in advance of the actual announcement that he was going.

"Our recruitment is underway. What I don't want to say is what stage we are up to with that.

"It was a busy week last week and I guess it will be a busy week this week."

Barrow, Jussi Jaaskelainen and Carl Darlington presided over Saturday's 2-0 win over Eastleigh, a result which keeps Wrexham among the National League pacesetters, and Harris saluted the Reds' backroom staff.

"Look at the backroom staff we have got," said Ricketts. "Graham, more than capable of managing this football club, Carl and Jussi, then we have got the likes of Dan Nolan and others around the club.

"We have got all the experienced knowledge and know-how to win games here already together with a fantastic squad so we will make sure we get the right appointment in place."

Barrow and captain Shaun Pearson have both signed new deals keeping them at Wrexham until the end of the 2020-21 season and Harris insists the club is in a good place.

"It is a very exciting time to be a Wrexham fan," said Harris.

"We have got a great squad and we have made some made major strides forward securing what I think is one of the best captains this football club has ever had on a two-and-half year deal. "We have got Graham in place and what a fantastic man and leader he is. We have got everything set up for success."

Barrow's new contract means he will definitely be assistant manager to the new Reds boss, with Harris confirming: "It is non-negotiable."

Former Wrexham defender Lawrence, who is manager of Trinidad & Tobago, is favourite to replace Ricketts.

The Trinidad & Tobago FA has said it has "no intentions" of allowing Lawrence, who is under contract until January 2019, to enter talks with Wrexham and Harris would not be drawn on speculation.

"It would be unfair of me to mention any names," said Harris.

"If other people want to put things on websites and stuff like that then that is up to them."

Lawrence was part of the coaching staff at Wigan Athletic alongside Barrow under Roberto Martinez.

Barrow recalls how he took Lawrence under his wing before the latter followed Martinez to Everton

"I was at Wigan when they put Dennis with me," said Barrow.

"He wanted to get on the coaching ladder, I had only ever watched Dennis playing here and at Swansea, I didn't know him from Adam.

"It was a surprise partnership, the unlikely lads, but we got on really well and became really good friends.

"He went to Everton with Roberto, I decided to stay at Wigan, but I thought we would get together eventually at some stage."

Barrow would be delighted to be reunited with Lawrence.

"Fine, I would tell him what to do!" joked Barrow.

"It would be roles reversed but I am sure it would be a good working relationship.

"It would be fantastic for me, we will just have to wait and see."