CARL DARLINGTON says it was "a privilege and honour" to work at a "special club" that he holds close to his heart.

Darlington arrived at The Racecourse four years ago for a second spell as first team coach but like manager Dean Keates and his assistant, Andy Davies, has not has his contract renewed after Wrexham missed out on the National League play-offs.

Although disappointed not to finish in the top seven, Darlington, who is also The Head of Coach Education For The FA Wales Trust, is just grateful for the support he received during his time in the role and will continue to be a Reds' supporter.

On a statement he released on his official Twitter account, Darlington wrote: "My time at Wrexham AFC has come to an end.

"I joined my local club in July 2017 for the second time and have spent three fantastic seasons at the football club. I could never imagine the roller-coaster that lay ahead working under five managers and two interim managers during this time.

"Looking back, I wouldn't change a thing as all of them are great people, I learnt plenty from each one and made friends for life.

"I am so disappointed with how the season finished on the pitch with this group of players. I truly believe we had something special in the changing room. This was proven on the pitch as we grew stronger together.

"During the last 10 games, we won six, drew three and lost one but ultimately fell short and outside our objective.

"I would like to thank all the players who made coming to work at this club such a privilege and honour.

"There are so many people who work at the football club (past and present) that I can't thank enough for the support, loyalty and faith you had in me. Thank you.

"The last thank you is to the amazing fans. I have lived in the town all my life and come from generations of family members who support this special club.

"Walking out at The Racecourse, I was one of you and represented you. I will miss you all.

"As I now take the crest off my chest, it will always stay in my heart.

"COYR. Carl Darlington."