Wrexham appoint Keates as manager

Dean Keates Wrecsam


Tuesday, 25 Oct 2016, 11:30

Wrexham have appointed Dean Keates as the club’s new manager, following the departure of Gary Mills.

Since Mills was sacked on 13 October, Keates has been part of the interim management team, along with Joey Jones and Andy Davies.

Keates played over 150 games for the Dragons, including lifting the FA Trophy as club captain in Wembley in 2013.

After a long and successful Football League career with clubs including Walsall, Hull and Peterborough, Keates joined Wrexham in 2010.

He spent five years with Wrexham before playing for Rhyl FC in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League last season.

Club director John Mills said, “We believe has the knowledge, the drive and the determination to bring lasting success to the Club as we build for a successful future.”

The appointment comes just a day after two of the club’s most senior officials, chief executive Don Bircham and director Barry Horne, quit the club. Horne, who won 59 caps for Wales, had been a director since 2011 and Bircham had been chief executive for over three years.

The Dragons are currently 14th in the National League table, having won only 6 of their 16 league games this season. Keates will take the reins for the first time as manager tonight when Wrexham welcome Barrow to the Racecourse.