Dean Keates: Manager leaves Wrexham after failing to make National League play-offs

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Wrexham have confirmed the departure of manager Dean Keates after the side narrowly missed out on the National League play-offs.

Keates’ contract was due to expire at the end of the season and will not be renewed.

He has been in charge since 2019 in what was his second spell as manager at the club.

Keates departs the Racecourse along with assistant manager, Andy Davies and first team coach, Carl Darlington.

Co-chairmen Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds said: “We would like to thank Dean, Andy and Carl for all their efforts on behalf of the club, in what at times were challenging circumstances.

“We are committed to returning the club to the EFL at the earliest opportunity and feel that a change of manager will provide us with the best chance of achieving that objective.

“Dean, Andy and Carl will always be welcome at the club.”

Wrexham’s 1-1 draw at Dagenham & Redbridge and other results saw them drop out of the National League play-offs on the final day of the season.

Keates, a former captain of the north Wales club, said he had not had talks with Hollywood stars Reynolds and McElhenney over their plans for next season.

But he wanted the opportunity to be in charge next season, what will be the Dragons’ 14th campaign in the National League.

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