Wrexham: Carl Darlington does not want to succeed Kevin Wilkin

Kevin Wilkin
Kevin Wilkin sent Carl Darlington a good luck text before Wrexham's home game with Dover

Wrexham caretaker boss Carl Darlington says he does not want to succeed Kevin Wilkin as manager of the club.

Darlington and goalkeeping coach Michael Oakes were in charge as the Dragons drew 1-1 with Dover on Tuesday.

Wilkin was sacked on Monday - 24 hours after Wrexham lost on penalties to village side North Ferriby in the FA Trophy final after leading 2-0.

"This is a short term thing for me. Kevin brought me to the club as a coach and I love coaching," said Darlington.

"If I go into management side of things it takes me away from the players, and I don't want that at this moment at time.

"I hope the new manager who comes into the club will want to keep me as a first team coach."

Chief executive Don Bircham told BBC Wales Sport that the club's board met before the Dover game to start the process of recruiting a new manager.

"We want to get to a speedy conclusion," Bircham said.

"It would be nice to get someone in place at what is a pivotal part of the season when there's contracts to deal with - and you wouldn't want a manager coming in as the players disperse for the summer."

Bircham claims to have received "many" inquires about the vacant manager's job, including one from a former Netherlands international.

Tuesday night's draw with Dover saw Wrexham take a first-half lead through Jay Harris, but pegged back by Ricky Modeste before goalkeeper Andy Coughlin saved a penalty.

The result leaves Wrexham in 15th place in the table, a long way off their goal of promotion back to the Football League.