Wrexham FC today announces the departure of player/manager Andy Morrell from Wrexham Football Club. Following discussions between the Board and Andy it was mutually agreed to allow Andy to leave to pursue other opportunities leaving Wrexham FC to plan for the future.
As a player Andy was part of Denis Smith's promotion winning side in 2002/03, forming one of the best front partnerships seen at the Racecourse alongside Lee Trundle and ending that memorable season as top scorer in all 4 divisions with 34 league goals. During his 2 ½ years as manager at the Racecourse Ground Andy achieved two play-off finishes, including runners up in the Conference National division in season 2011/12. The following year Andy led Wrexham FC to Wembley for the first time in our history, winning the FA Trophy V Grimsby Town and then again six weeks later narrowly losing out on promotion back to the Football league in the play-off final.
Andy Morrell commented "I feel it is in the best interests of both Wrexham FC and me to make a change now so that we can all plan for the future with certainty. I'm disappointed with how this season has gone as I desperately wanted to lead a club I love back to the Football League where I feel it belongs. However, I'm really proud of my achievements over the last 2 years and to see 20,000 Wrexham fans celebrating with me holding the FA Trophy will live long in my memory. During my time here I've been treated with the utmost respect by the board and I'd like to thank them and the fans for their support as both a player and manager. I'd like to thank the players and backroom staff for all their hard work and support throughout my tenure and wish them every success for the future."
On behalf of the Board Don Bircham stated, "We would like to place on record our appreciation for Andy's hard work both as a player and manager and the memories he has given Wrexham fans that they will always carry with them. Andy is a very popular figure here at the Racecourse and as a former player and manager will be welcomed back at the Racecourse at any time in the future. We wish him all the best and will follow his career with interest".
Everyone at Wrexham FC remains fully focused on achieving our ambition of promotion back to the Football League as quickly as possible.
Billy Barr will take immediate responsibility for first team affairs on an interim basis supported by Michael Oakes and the existing back office team.