This morning, Wrexham have announced that former captain Dean Keates has been appointed their new manager, having been handed an 18 month contract.

The 38 year old had been placed in temporary charge following the sacking of Gary Mills a few weeks ago. Since then he has lead the club to one draw, one loss and won defeat, but the board have seen enough in the former midfielder to give him the job full time.

On the club website, Director John Mills stated,“We are delighted to welcome Dean to Wrexham AFC as the club’s new permanent manager.”

“We believe we have chosen the outstanding candidate to take the club forward, to match our own aspirations and those of our fans.”

“Dean is a man with an excellent pedigree in football. He is someone who knows all about Wrexham AFC and the fans expectations and someone who has is real passion for the club”

“We believe he has the knowledge, the drive, and the determination to bring lasting success to the club as we build for a successful future.”

Currently sitting in 14th place, Keates welcomes Barrow to the Racehorse Ground tonight as he starts his new reign. Having captained the club to an FA Trophy win in 2013, he’ll be looking to recreate some of that success to pull the club together and climb up the table.

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