Things got historically bad for us last Saturday, but this is definitely a time for cool heads.

We need to get out of this mess, and if we look at the situation rationally, the most likely route to salvation is pretty obvious.

Calling for the heads of the board and the management team is the usual knee-jerk reaction to catastrophe, but logical thought is more useful than emotional reactions.

Consider the Brexit referendum. People were rightly concerned about the deterioration of the NHS. They voted to restrict immigration, reasoning it would ease the burden on hospitals.

People who voted leave for that reason did so with good intentions, but the logical consequence of their actions is the understaffing gets worse. Such specious reasoning applies to Wrexham’s predicament. We have the right people to get us out of this mess, and need to pull together and back them rather than undermine them.

Dean Keates was clearly the right appointment. I’m not basing that on sentiment or wishful thinking, but past experience. When he inherited a similar situation in his first stint at The Racecourse, he hauled us away from danger, but the improvement didn’t happen immediately.

We only won three of his first 15 games, as he wrestled to get the best out of a squad which was short on quality. Sound familiar? However, after that 15th game, a 3-2 loss at Southport, the transfer window opened and he got to work.

In the six intervening days before our match against Woking, he managed to offload nine squad members, and five players would make their debuts in the next three games – a sixth would arrive another two games later.

The result? An immediate six-game unbeaten run, six wins out of nine, and a six-position leap up the table. That’s why Keates was the right appointment. You can’t guarantee he’ll repeat the trick, but it’s logical to rely on someone who has done exactly this sort of job before.

The evidence this season is that he has retained a clear vision of the quality of player he wants to recruit. Consider the four players he’s loaned in so far. James Horsfield looked far too good for the National League, but like Tyler Reid was struck down by injury.

Kieran Kennedy has already shown his worth, although we knew his qualities from last season already, and Omari Patrick is clearly an upgrade on the attacking players we already have: on Tuesday he became the first Wrexham player to score two goals in a league match since February!

There has been frustration over the lack of a new striker, which is quite understandable. However, a consideration of those four players Keates has drafted in explains why he hasn’t signed a striker yet. He isn’t interested in bringing bodies in for the sake of it; each new man must be an upgrade on what we already have.

If the right player isn’t available we mustn’t waste our budget on a substandard alternative. If we’d approached the transfer market with that attitude last summer, we wouldn’t be in this mess.

Which, of course, brings us onto the vexed subject of the board, who have come under concerted attack this season. To an extent that’s inevitable as we’ve never sunk so low in the league pyramid, but again, they’re not the root of the problem.

My understanding, supported by the club statement issued at the start of the week, is that we had a considerable budget to spend in the summer. Unfortunately, the quality of players we brought in made it look like we’d not spent much.

On the basis of the second-best defence in the division we finished fourth last season, just five points off the title. A couple of quality attacking additions to the squad was all that was needed. Instead, we made a succession of bad deals and everything fell apart.

Is the board to blame for this? Don’t fans want the people running their club to back them up in the transfer market? That certainly seems to have been the case this summer, it’s just that the money was spent badly. That shouldn’t be a problem with the current manager.

There’s a promising pattern forming against Solihull Moors at The Racecourse. We beat them 1-0 at the end of 2018 thanks to a Paul Rutherford goal, and we beat them 1-0 at the end of 2017 thanks to another winner from Rutherford.

If he makes it a hat trick, not only will he have scored more times than in any of his other seasons for Wrexham, but it will mean a third of his goals for us will have come against The Moors.

We’ve a 100 per cent home record against Solihull, winning all three league clashes 1-0, and a bruising 2012 FA Trophy tie 3-2.

James Jennings (pictured right) makes his 425th career appearance today, while Akil Wright plays his 100th Wrexham game.