League One side Shrewsbury Town have announced the appointment of Wrexham manager Sam Ricketts as their new manager.
The former Oxford United, Swansea, Hull City, Bolton Wanderers, Wolves and Coventry defender was in his first ever spell as manager for Wrexham, and since he took over in May, he has impressed taking the Welsh side to 4th in the National League.
?⚪️ STATEMENT | Sam Ricketts departs Wrexham AFC.
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SHREWSBURY TOWN CLUB STATEMENT:
Shrewsbury Town are delighted to announce Sam Ricketts as the new First Team Manager of the Club.
After discussions with Wrexham AFC, compensation was agreed to allow the Town to speak to Sam. Those discussions have been successful and the club is pleased that Sam has agreed to join Shrewsbury Town FC.
Whilst making the decision, Chairman, Roland Wycherley and Chief Executive, Brian Caldwell were determined to include Danny Coyne in the selection process.
Sam has known Danny for a number of years playing at International level together for Wales and he also knows Eric Ramsay who he holds in high esteem.
We believe that the appointment will add to and complement the existing structure and provide stability for success in the coming months.
WREXHAM CLUB STATEMENT:
Following an approach from Shrewsbury Town we did everything possible to retain his services, however, once this interest became known, Sam expressed his desire to speak to them regarding their vacancy.
Shrewsbury Town triggered elements in Sam’s contract enabling them to approach him and at that point we were obliged to allow him to speak to them.
Following his discussions with Shrewsbury Town, Sam informed us of his intention to take up their vacant manager’s position on Saturday morning and in the best interests of Wrexham AFC, we asked him not to attend our FA Cup second round fixture versus Newport County on Saturday night.
Wrexham AFC are in a strong position after 22 league games of the 2018-19 season. We would like to thank Sam for his efforts and for the work he did while at the football club.
We are fully focused on further improving upon this situation going forward. Wrexham AFC have already begun the process to appoint Sam’s successor with Graham Barrow taking charge of the first team on an interim basis.
We will make further announcements regarding this matter as soon as possible.
Wrexham AFC will be making no further comment at this stage.
Since the appointment, fans of both clubs have made their feelings known – take a look at what they are saying on the next page.