Dean Keates In Context

Dean Keates returns to The Racecourse with an impressive set of stats carrying over from his first spell in the job. That’s particularly remarkable considering the mess he inherited from Gary Mills: his first season was a rebuilding job, as he was forced to keep using players he didn’t feel were good enough until he could move them on in January, and then found restrictive contract clauses meant he couldn’t select the likes of John Rooney in his starting eleven without being tied to hampering his plans for the Summer.

Only Sam Ricketts has a better loss percentage in league matches than Keates, and Ricketts’ figures have to be handled with caution as he was only in charge for 22 games and there were signs his momentum was running out before he jumped ship for Shrewsbury, with no wins and one goal in his last three games.

Keates’ average points per league game also stands up to examination, as he is 7th in the all-time list of Wrexham managers. If he’d earned three more points over those 68 matches, he’d have been in third place which again, considering the rescue job he had to take on in his first season, is very impressive.

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