NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, Apr 4th, 2012.
Wrexham player-manager Andy Morrell and assistant manager Billy Barr have signed a two year extension to their contracts this afternoon.
Morrell has also signed on as a player for another 12 months.
The pair were originally appointed on a temporary basis following the departure of Dean Saunders for Doncaster back in September.
Following a run of seven wins in nine games they were then given their respective posts until the end of the season.
Now, with Wrexham guaranteed at least second place in the Blue Square Premier League, they have signed an extension to their contracts.
It was also announced at the press conference that the pair have signed up as fully paid members of the Wrexham Supporters Trust, the supporters group which owns the club.
“It’s great to get the contracts finally sorted,” explained Morrell “with the games coming thick and fast, it’s just been a case of trying to find some time to tie up the loose ends which we’ve done this week.
“We always said that the most important things was to try and get some of the players’ long terms futures sorted first and that’s exactly what we’ve done.
“Now we need to concentrate on making sure we end the season with something to really celebrate, promotion!”
Barr, who was previously assistant to Alan Irvine at both Preston and Sheffield Wednesday, said the opportunity to help Wrexham return to The Football League is one he is relishing.
“The club has come a long way this season and it’s important we recognise what has been achieved,” he said.
“However, that will count for nothing if we miss out on our main goal and we know just how much promotion would mean to everyone connected with the club.”
The duo also paid tribute to Wrexham Supporters’ Trust and their efforts since taking over as owners of the club.
“They’ve worked tremendously hard to turn things around, on and off the pitch, and they’ve supported us every step of the way,” said Andy.
“That’s why we’ve decided to show our commitment to them by joining the trust.”
Neville Dickens debt
At a recent Wrexham Supporters Trust board meeting it was revealed that the trust are currently taking legal advice on an outstanding debt owed to former club chairman and local garage owner Neville Dickens. The debt relates to a loan agreement between Dickens and the club’s old parent company Wrexham FC 2006 which was run by former owners Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts.