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Wrexham manager resigns after 50 days – club quickly replace him less than 24 hours later

Last night, it was confirmed that Wrexham first team manager Graham Barrow had resigned from his role after just 50 days in charge. They have since found a replacement for him in less than 24 hours.

Barrow initially took interim charge following Sam Ricketts’ switch to League One Shrewsbury Town earlier this season. He picked up two wins in his first three games.

However, the National League side have endured a poor run of form in January losing five straight games before his side picked up a win against Maidenhead United.

Wrexham are currently fifth in the table, just four points behind league leaders Leyton Orient.

The club have this morning confirmed that Bryan Hughes has replaced Graham Barrow, becoming their third manager of the season.

CLUB STATEMENT

Wrexham AFC are delighted to announce Bryan Hughes as the clubs new manager. Bryan has signed a three and a half year contract with the club.

Bryan brings a successful pedigree of footballing experience with him on his return to his boyhood club which spans a 21 year career as a professional footballer, during which he won promotion to the Premier League twice with two clubs while playing in excess of 500 professional games.

Since hanging up his boots six years ago the 42-year-old Merseyside native has been concentrating on his coaching career gaining valuable experience at Scarborough Athletic and at i2i Football Academy.

Bryan will be well known to Wrexham AFC fans having made his way through the ranks as a young midfielder before breaking in to the first team under manager Brian Flynn. He went on to make 97 appearances for the club scoring 14 times between 1994 and 1997.

It’s his performances in the FA Cup that Wrexham supporters will remember most fondly, reaching the quarter-finals of the competition during the 1996-97 season while scoring goals against Colwyn Bay, Scunthorpe United, West Ham United and Birmingham City along the way.

In March 1997 first division side Birmingham paid the Dragons one million pounds for his services with Bryan being a key acquisition for manager Trevor Francis.

He remained with the Midlands based club until 2004 winning promotion to the Premier League in 2002 before moving to fellow Premier League side Charlton Athletic.

Wrexham AFC board of directors commented: “Bryan is an excellent coach who has a strong affinity for the Club. His appointment signals our intent to go back to the model which has seen us progress on the pitch and again become competitive in the League.

“Bryan will be completely focussed on building momentum in the final 15 games of the season as we look to achieve a successful end of the season.”

 

Following both sets of news that Graham Barrow resigned, and the appointment of _, fans took to the club’s social media account to give their thoughts – take a look at what they had to say on the next page.

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