The club can confirm that Andy Davies will be leaving Wrexham AFC and after some 25-years of service to join Walsall as Assistant Manager. He departs with the best wishes and thanks of all at the Racecourse.
His contribution to the club started as a schoolboy player, moving on to become a Scholar, Community coach, Schoolboy coach, Head of Schoolboy coaching, Youth team coach, Head of Youth, Assistant Manager and then finally, first team Manager.
It has been quite a journey for Andy, as he was born locally and grew up as a Wrexham supporter, before joining his hometown team and working his way through the ranks.
As a youngster, he was signed as a schoolboy and attended training, which was then held at Ellesmere Port, before Colliers Park was opened – with Joey Jones giving him a lift across the border for these evening sessions on the Wirral.
Progressing through the various junior age levels, Andy was offered a scholarship with the club at 16, which led to him joining the club’s Football in the Community Scheme with Steve Weaver.
Turning his hand to coaching at the Centre of Excellence, while still playing for the likes of Flint Town United and Cefn Druids, he started passing his coaching badges and took up a role as Head of Coaching for our schoolboy players – working with Steve Cooper, who recently coached the England U17s to World Cup success.
This led to Andy coaching the Wrexham U18s and taking over as Head of Youth, covering all the club’s young players from the age of 9 up to 18.
During his time, he has helped bring through the likes of Jordan Williams (Liverpool), Danny Ward (Liverpool & Wales), Jordan Davies (Brighton), Johnny Smith (Bristol City), Neal Eardley (Blackpool & Oldham) and Nathan Broadhead (Everton) – all of whom have moved on up the ladder.
While another crop of schoolboys has impressed enough to earn themselves moves to the likes of Liverpool, Burnley and Stoke City in recent years.
Not only that, but many others, such as Robbie Evans and Johnny Hunt, have made gone on to make a significant contribution to the Wrexham first team.
In October 2016, Andy stepped up to assist new first team manager Dean Keates, combining his youth role with that of Assistant Manager.
With Dean's decision to leave for Walsall in mid-March, the club asked Andy to take on the mantle of manager for the remainder of the season.
Andy has served his hometown team with distinction in a number of different roles and we all wish him well, as he takes the next step on his footballing career.