After nearly three years as player-manager, Wrexham boss Andy Morrell has left Wrexham.
A club legend who has made over 100 appearances in his first spell as player for Wrexham, signing from Newcastle Blue Star in 1998. A major achievement as top scorer in the 2002/2003 season scoring 33 goals, helped the reds to promotion before leaving for Coventry City in 2003.
His career continued with spells at Blackpool and Bury before returning to North Wales as a player in 2010, being signed by Dean Saunders in the promotion push back into the Football League. A year into his return, manager Dean Saunders left the club, and Morrell took charge as caretaker boss. Doing so well for a number of months, he was given the job permanently. A staggering 98 points earning just second place in the Conference, narrowly defeated by Fleetwood for the only automatic promotion spot, play-offs were the result at the end of the campaign. A second loss in the play-offs to Luton in the 2011/2012 season was a big disappointment for Wrexham, who’d had success in domestic competition by taking Championship Brighton & Hove Albion to an FA Cup 3rd Round Replay, and losing on penalties.
Going into the 2012/2013 season, Wrexham once again were comfortable in the play-off spots, whilst domestically they reached the FA Trophy Final, taking Wrexham to Wembley for the first time in their 149 year history. He managed this feat again two months later, sadly this time he lost, the only silverware they would earn would be the FA Trophy, as Newport County beat the North Walians 2-0 in the Play-Off Final.
In his final season, Morrell began with a good win over Welling United on the first day of the season, but went on to lose to bitter rivals Chester 2-0 at home. Further losses including not winning in six games in August and September meant misery and possible relegation for the reds. Some mixed results and losses to Salisbury, Nuneaton, Dartford and Alfreton (all part time sides) counted against the gaffer. And it seemed a 1-0 home loss to Barnet was Morrell’s last chance, afterwards he said that both the players and himself would be playing for their futures, a real chilling interview proved to be the end of the road for the manager, and the following Monday, the board decided to let him go.
After many achievements, some may say not earning promotion was a failure, but Wembley twice and a Trophy could be success. One thing for sure, he really left his mark on Wrexham Football Club, and will forever be a legend to the clubs fans.