We are announcing the departures of two members of our backroom staff with immediate effect. Michael Oakes who has been a popular figure as part of the management team for several seasons and Carl Darlington who joined as first team coach at the start of the year and finished the season leading the team for the last 8 games.
Both Carl and Michael are fantastic coaches and great people, they have made a big impression on everyone at the club and we wish them all the best for their future careers.
Both Carl and Michael wanted to say their goodbye’s in their own words:
Message from Carl Darlington
It is with great sadness and regret that my time at Wrexham FC has come to an end.
The opportunity to join my childhood team will always be a proud moment in my life.
My sincere thanks go to all the football staff who work tirelessly to achieve success for this club and especially during the difficult 8 game period when I became interim manager. It was a great show of togetherness, commitment and a shared passion for the football club. I wish all of them good luck for the future.
I would like to thank all the players who welcomed me into the club. I thoroughly enjoyed coaching them at Colliers Park and trying to improve individuals, units and the team. I will always have fond memories of the FA Cup 3rd round tie at Stoke, reaching a Wembley final and leading the players out as interim manager for 8 games. The players reacted remarkably over these 8 games taking the club from 17th to joint 9th on points, during this period we had the 3rd best form in the league but run out of games.
Finally, and most importantly, thank you to the brilliant Wrexham fans. I've been a fan all my life and will remain so, but I do feel sad that it won’t be me achieving Football League status for the club once again. As a proud Welshman and local lad you (fans) have all been outstanding and a credit to the club.
I will never regret my decision to join my hometown club and would like to wish Wrexham FC the very best of luck in the future and thanks for having me.
From a personal perspective my desire, commitment to coaching and be successful is as strong as ever and whilst this won’t be at Wrexham FC, I now look forward with enthusiasm to my next challenge wherever it may be.
Message from Michael Oakes
“I’ve had a fantastic time at Wrexham and this is a super club that needs to be back in the Football League,” said Michael.
“With a change of manager, it just seemed the right point for me to move on.
“I’ve been here since Dean Saunders invited me along, but over the years the travelling has taken me away from my family for longer periods than I feel is fair on them.
“I’ve nothing else planned and I’m quite looking forward to being back at home in the short term, as well as having a holiday away with the family.
“I wish the new manager, players and staff well for the new season and I’m sure it will be a good one.
“We had three great trips to Wembley, just such a shame it didn’t quite get us back into the League during my time at the Racecourse.
“I’d like to thank everyone at the club for the last few years, that’s the staff and fans, it’s been a really enjoyable part of my career.
“I'll make sure I get back from time to time to take in a game and see some old friends.”
A junior with Aston Villa, Michael went onto make over 50 appearances for the Villains and also enjoyed a long spell with Wolves, playing about 200 times for them following a £500,000 transfer in 1999.
After short time at Cardiff City, he retired from the game and .his final involvement for the Bluebirds was as a substitute in the 2008 FA Cup Final against Portsmouth.
From south Wales, he moved north to join his former teammate Saunders at Wrexham and has been at the club for last six years. The website ‘My Time In Football .com” recently interviewed him and you can read the result at http://mytimeinfootball.com/Michael_Oakes
All involved with Wrexham have a great deal to thank Michael and Carl for and we hope that the next stage in their careers will yield them yet more success.