Barry Horne: Time was right to leave Wrexham, says former director

Barry Horne and Don Bircham
Barry Horne and Don Bircham left Wrexham's board of directors with immediate effect in October 2016

Former Wales captain Barry Horne has said he felt the "timing was right" to step down from Wrexham's board of directors.

The ex-Everton and Wrexham midfielder and chief executive Don Bircham left the National League club in October.

Horne joined the board in December 2011 after Wrexham Supporters' Trust had taken ownership of the club.

"I'd been here five years and I just felt it was a good time to leave," he said.

"If the truth be known I'd been considering leaving for quite some time.

"I'm obviously very disappointed that we haven't gone up in all of those years but there's been a lot of changes, a lot of good work done during that time.

"It was done amicably and there was no problem with anybody and I wanted the rest of the board to get on with it.

"I felt it was right for somebody else to take it on."

Wrexham were in the process of appointing a new manager at the time of Horne and Bircham's departure after Gary Mills was sacked following a poor start to the season.

Horne and Bircham had been involved in the recruitment process and Dean Keates was appointed a day after the pair announced their departure.

"I was part of the interview process and made my recommendations to the rest of the board and they decided who to appoint," Horne told BBC Radio Wales Sport.

"I gave three names to the board and I would have been happy for any of those three to be given the job and Dean was one of them."

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