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Andy Morrell considering to apply for Wrexham job

Former Wrexham boss Andy Morrell is considering applying for the vacant manager’s job at the Racecourse Ground.

Morrell, 44, became Dragons player-boss in September 2011 before leaving the club by mutual consent in February 2014.

But now he could be set for a popular return to the north Wales club after Sam Ricketts left to take over Shrewsbury Town on Monday.

“I’ll have a think about it and see if it’s worthwhile, I don’t know if they would consider it” said Morrell, who twice led the Dragons to the Conference play-offs, including the 2012-13 final where they lost to Newport County.

“I might throw my hat in the ring if the wife and I believe that it’s not a bad move for me in my career.

“I had a fantastic time at Wrexham when I was manager and I think I’m a better manager now than I was when I took over there.”

Ricketts was asked to stay away from Wrexham’s FA Cup second-round tie at home to Newport on Saturday, which ended goalless, after he informed the Dragons board he intended to join Shrewsbury.

The League One side confirmed the appointment the former Bolton Wanderers full-back two days later with the rookie boss agreeing a two-year contract.

Ricketts left his role with Wolves’ youth set-up to succeed Dean Keates as Wrexham manager in May 2018 after he was poached in similar circumstances to join Walsall

“It’s a really tough one, I feel for Sam a little bit because he wouldn’t have wanted it to happen like this,” added Morrell, who was in charge of Tamworth until February this year.

“But I don’t think you can turn down the chance to go to League One at any point in your career, never mind four months in. It was just an offer he couldn’t refuse.

“But I think the [Wrexham] board have to be proud of the way they’re picking candidates, because their last two managers have both gone into League One.

“So they’re doing something right with their selection process and hopefully they’ll get the next one right as well.”

Morrell, though, won’t be short of competition to take over the Dragons hot-seat.

John Askey, who led Macclesfield Town to the National League title last year, is an early favourite after ironically leaving Shrewsbury last month.

Also in the running is Trinidad and Tobago national team manager Dennis Lawrence – a former Wrexham favourite – and former Chorley boss Matt Jansen, who had a brief loan spell with the Dragons in 2009.

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