Wrexham players want Andy Morrell as manager - Dean Keates

Wrexham captain Dean Keates (right)
Keates (right) says Morrell has the backing of all the Wrexham players

Wrexham captain Dean Keates says Andy Morrell should be given the manager's job on a full-time basis.

Player-manager Morrell has won five of his six games in charge, taking Wrexham four points clear at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier League.

The 37-year-old has yet to reveal whether or he intends to apply for the post, but Keates says the players are unanimous in their verdict.

"We are all desperate for Mozza (Morrell) to get the job," he said.

"We've had five wins out of six so it's going to be hard not to give him the job.

"But obviously he's got to apply for it and a lot of people are interested in the job.

"All we can do is to keep winning football matches and all being they'll give it to him."

The process to appoint a manager on a permanent basis is taking longer than expected because of the continuing delay over the club's proposed takeover.

A deal a long been agreed for the Wrexham Supporters Trust to buy the club, but final approval has yet been given by the Football Association or the Football Conference.

Morrell took the reins when Dean Saunders left to manage Doncaster, and Keates says the fine run of results has come as no great surprise.

"We had the confidence as players that we could make a push this season and go one better than last season," said the midfielder.

"It was disappointing to lose in the play-offs and we're looking to get the club back into the Football League."

Wrexham will meet their play-off conquerors on Tuesday night when they travel to fourth-place Luton Town.

Meanwhile, the Dragons have been drawn at home to York City, third in the Blue Square Bet table, in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup.