BARROW | "There's Certainly No Shortage Of Passion Around Here, Is There?"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Tue 04 Dec 2018

Interim manager Graham Barrow says his main concern is the club and the players as the Dragons look to maintain their promotion push following the departure of former boss Sam Ricketts.

Ricketts’ brief time in charge ended with a first home defeat of the season sandwiched by back-to-back away draws, and Barrow wants Wrexham to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

But the caretaker boss, who oversaw the FA Cup draw with Newport County at the weekend, hopes the performance against the League Two high-flyers provides a good platform to build from.

“The main concern is the club and the players, obviously,” Barrow said. “The players have to go out there and do a job, which they did on Saturday night.

“The players are looking in good spirits. The game was almost a relief to them after all the hoo-hah. Obviously now we have to move on to Eastleigh.

“[Sam leaving] is obviously something nobody wanted but we’ve got over the shock of Saturday and the relief was that the players put in a performance that was much more like us.

“The aim is to win a league game as soon as we can now. We don’t want anything to happen like it happened last year. We don’t have to ‘stop the rot’ so much, but we have to get a win now as soon as we can and get back on track.”

Barrow reaffirmed his commitment to the club too, as he had done following the game against Newport, after being told of supporters’ desire for him to stay at the Racecourse.

While he confirmed he does not want the manager’s job full-time, the former Wigan assistant – who made what he admitted was a hard position to stick with the Latics when Roberto Martinez left for Everton in 2013 – says he is loving his time at Wrexham.

“Nothing has changed. If you look through my career, I’ve always seen it through (when I haven’t been sacked!). The answer is I’m stopping, until I’m told otherwise,” Barrow confirmed.

“It’s been great at Wrexham. I took a long time over the summer, only because I enjoyed my time at [former club] Fylde but I was more on the periphery of things.

“I very much like [being at] the training ground and in the dressing room. Once I got back into the groove, I think it was in Portugal, I saw when I went for a walk one day there were flags everywhere and the crowd at the game.

“It’s what I first got involved in professional football for – the passion of it all. There’s certainly no shortage of passion around here, is there?

“That’s music to my ears [that the fans want me to stay]. I just try and do the best I can under the circumstances and that will never change.”

Barrow is expecting a tough game against Eastleigh, who have changed manager since Wrexham’s 3-1 away win at the Spitfires in August.

But the 64-year-old hopes to keep Wrexham on track for at least a top-three finish in the Vanarama National League, as the season reaches its halfway point.

“Obviously, Eastleigh have been a big club in this league because of finances so we expect a tough game. But we just need to concentrate on ourselves.

“We’re not where we are in the league for nothing, but I looked at the form guide in the paper on Sunday and it’s not good enough, so we really need to pick it up.

“All I’m concerned about is not letting it slide before the next manager comes in. The competition is quite fierce in the top eight or so.

“Obviously, you have to win it to go up automatically, which is a big ask but not impossible. The top three is a must for me. That was my aim when I first came to the club and it’s not changed. If we aim for the top three then we could always finish top and that hasn’t changed.”

The match against Eastleigh takes place at the Racecourse on Saturday December 8 and kicks off at 3pm. For more information on tickets and hospitality visit our match guide here.

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