Wrexham Football Club have unveiled their new manager – Kevin Wilkin , who joins the club from Nuneaton Town.
Wrexham FC issued a statement on their website and Twitter this morning confirming Kevin Wilkin as the club’s new manager.
In a statement released just before 10:20am this morning, the club said: “We are delighted to announce Kevin Wilkin as the new manager of Wrexham Football Club, who joins us from divisional counterparts Nuneaton Town on a two-year deal that will run until the end of season 2015/16.
“The former Northampton Town player had been in charge at Liberty Way since 2006, winning three promotions in taking ‘The Boro’ from the Southern League Division One Midlands up to Conference National Level and leaving them well placed in a play-off berth to join us at the Racecourse.
“We are thrilled to have landed one of the most sought after young managers outside of the Football League who will relocate to live in the area. Kevin will take charge of the team with immediate effect leading them out for the first time in the home game v Salisbury City this Saturday 22nd March.
“This is an exciting time at the football club and we believe we are putting together a team that will bring us the success we all crave at Wrexham FC. Your continued support for the team is very much appreciated; let’s roar the team on to success together.”
Nuneaton Town is a club based, unsurprisingly, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. The club plays in Football Conference, the same league as Wrexham, however they are 4th whereas Wrexham are 17th.
Nuneaton Town’s Chairman did say yesterday that his manager at the time was going nowhere: “Wrexham have not spoken to us or to Kev. There is nothing to it”.
However events changed at 10am today when his departure was confirmed from Nuneaton, with the Chairman saying less than 24 hours later than his initial statement: “I am of course deeply disappointed to lose Kevin but, following continued success, he pedigree has become highly and deservedly desirable.”
Yesterday evening Wrexham FC announced the departure of Billy Barr, who was in temporary charge after play manager Andy Morrell left.
On Barr the club said “Billy was a key part of the management team that achieved two Play-Off finishes and took us to Wembley for the first time, winning the FA Trophy in March 201.”
“We are very grateful for the integrity shown by Billy and the professional manner in which he has led the team during the last few weeks. Finding himself in a challenging situation he stepped up to the plate to lead the side.”
The new man takes the reins with the reds sitting 17th in the Football Conference, with his first game being Salisbury City on Saturday at the Racecourse.
A press conference will take place at 2pm this afternoon.