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Andy Davies returning to touchline as Wrexham number two

Wrexham number two Andy Davies

New Wrexham boss Dean Keates will have Andy Davies alongside him again on the touchline when they host Harrogate Town tonight after his former number two returned to his post as assistant manager.

The Red Dragons veteran, pictured left, replaces Brian Flynn after he left the Racecourse on Monday, two weeks after stepping up to hold the fort as caretaker manager following the sacking of Bryan Hughes.

Davies, pictured, previously spent 25 years at the National League club and assisted Keates in his first spell in charge before following him to Walsall as number two in May 2018 following his appointment two months earlier as Saddlers boss.

Local lad Davies joined the club as a schoolboy player and has held of a host of roles over two and half decades from head of youth to assistant manager and first team boss when Keates left last year.

Tribute

The Red Dragons paid tribute to former Doncaster Rovers and Wales boss Flynn in a statement confirming the return of Davies as they prepared to host Harrogate in the National League on Tuesday night.

The statement read: “Wrexham AFC can confirm Brian Flynn, who has been in interim charge since Bryan Hughes’ departure as manager, is no longer at the club.

“The club would like to place on record our thanks to Brian for all his hard work on his return to the club, and especially in taking interim charge of first-team duties.

“The remainder of the existing backroom staff will continue to work with the first-team players, under Keates and Davies.”

Second coming

Former Wrexham midfielder and FA Trophy-winning skipper Keates returned to take the reins for a second time on Sunday after previously managing the Red Dragons from October 2016 to March 2018 as the successor to Gary Mills. The 41-year-old has signed a running until the summer of 2021.

As a player, Keates made more than 160 Wrexham appearances as captain after first arriving in 2010. In 2013, he lifted the FA Trophy when the North Wales club made their first ever appearance at Wembley.

Image courtesy of Alun Roberts

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