Andy Morrell set to extend spell as Wrexham caretaker manager

Andy Morrell
Morrell has collected nine points from a possible 12 in charge at Wrexham

Andy Morrell will be given an extended period in charge of Wrexham after an impressive start as caretaker manager.

The 35-year-old striker was put in charge for four games when Dean Saunders left the Racecourse to manage Doncaster Rovers.

Three wins from those games have taken the Dragons back to the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier table and Morrell is keen to continue at the helm.

"It looks like we're going to extend it until later in October," said Morrell.

"It gives everybody concerned a bit of time to get the right decision. It gives continuity to the players as well.

"I'm happy to do it. It gives me a bit longer as well to see if I enjoy it."

After appearing as a substitute in his first two games at the helm, Morrell has started the last two, helping Wrexham to secure two victories.

Tuesday's 4-1 win at Gateshead, which displaced the home side at the top of the table, was his most impressive result to date.

When appointed caretaker, Morrell said he was unsure whether he was suited for a future in management, but the positive start to his fledgling career has wetted his appetite.

"When you win football matches it's good isn't it," he said. "It's when you start losing and start drawing that it becomes tough.

"Obviously the gaffer [Dean Saunders] put a great little squad together and we've got every chance of doing well. We've managed to keep that momentum going.

"We had a little blip against Mansfield but the lads jumped straight back on and that's the sign of a good team.

"Maybe we haven't played the best of football compared to what we were doing earlier in the season but it's winning football."

Morrell, who has brought in former Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday first team coach Billy Barr as an assistant, is sure to face stiff competition if he decides to apply for the manager's job on a full-time basis.

The club have given no indication when they intend to name a permanent successor to Saunders, a consequence of the ongoing takeover process.

Although a deal has been completed for the Wrexham Supporters' Trust to take control of the club, the agreement has not yet been ratified by the Football Association of Wales or the Football Conference.

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