Wrexham takeover delay hampering Andy Morrell recruitment

Andy Morrell
Morrell has been appointed Wrexham manager until the end of the season

Andy Morrell says the delay over Wrexham's takeover is affecting the Blue Square Bet Premier side's recruitment.

The deadline for loan transfers closes on Thursday and Morrell said he had not been seeking new recruits.

But the player-manager added the delay would have made it difficult to add to his squad.

"I don't really want to bring anybody in but something might [have] come up that I could have needed to [chase]," he said.

"But that's passed because we just don't know [about the takeover]."

The sale of the club to the Wrexham Supporters' Trust has yet to be rubber-stamped.

Morrell, who succeeded Dean Saunders in September, says the delay is preventing him from planning for next season.

"It's frustrating a little bit but [there's] nothing I can do about that. We just have to concentrate on the football," added the former Blackpool striker.

"It would be good to get it sorted sooner rather than later because we need to be sorted out and we need to sort players out as well.

"Their contracts are up [and] if it goes any longer then in January some of my players can talk to other people to go at the end of the season.

"That can take the focus off what we're trying to do here."

Wrexham have been unbeaten since former Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday first team coach Billy Barr joined the club as Morrell's assistant.

Barr is currently working without a contract and Morrell fears he could leave the club.

"He's not on a contract and he could go," said Morrell. "Something else could come along because he's doing great for us.

"He could have to walk because they [another club] offer him a contract."

The Dragons, who travel to Braintree on Saturday, are currently joint top of the Blue Square Bet Premier with Fleetwood Town.

But Morrell says he is concentrating on Wrexham rather than worry about their rivals.

"I know Fleetwood are going great," said Morrell. "They've had a good turn, but we're doing good as well.

"They'll be looking at us as we look at them and look at everybody else.

"Obviously you look at the results after a Saturday but there's nothing we can do about that.

"As long as we're right and we prepare and play like we can then that's the best I can do."