CLUB NEWS | Michael Oakes leaves Wrexham AFC

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 07 Jun 2021

Wrexham AFC can confirm Michael Oakes has left his position as first-team goalkeeping coach at the Football Club.

Oakes returned to the Racecourse for a third spell in the summer of 2019, working with goalkeepers Rob Lainton, Christian Dibble and Dawid Szczepaniak over the last two seasons.

He previously spent seven years at Wrexham between 2008 and 2015, with his goalkeeping mentees including Chris Maxwell and Joslain Mayebi.

During that time, the former Aston Villa, Wolves and Cardiff goalkeeper was also a key part of Andy Morrell’s backroom team, during the latter’s spell as player-manager.

Oakes rejoined Wrexham in 2017 in Dean Keates’ first spell in charge and, after a season with Walsall, returned in 2019 under then-manager Bryan Hughes. He was reunited with Keates a few months later.

Wrexham AFC confirmed last week that Keates, assistant manager Andy Davies and first-team coach Carl Darlington were not being retained following the end of their contracts.

And though Oakes was not included in that list, he has elected to leave the club too to ensure a new manager can bring in their own backroom team moving forward.

Explaining the decision, Oakes said: “I thought it was a good time. I do believe new managers should be able to choose their own staff coming in, I’ve always thought that.

“It was nice to be considered to be kept on, but having thought about it I believed it would be the best for the new manager coming in to bring their own full team in.

“I’ve been at Wrexham a long time over my three spells, and I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s a great club, and I’ve worked with several managers who have all worked extremely hard to get promoted.

“It’s an extremely difficult league to get out of, and it doesn’t get any easier. But I wish the club and the fans well, and I hope they achieve that goal

“The time I’ve had at Wrexham has been incredibly enjoyable, I’ve met some great people and I can only thank everybody at the club.”

Oakes also praised goalkeepers Lainton and Dibble, who have both signed two-year deals to stay at the Racecourse Ground.

He added: “It’s great for the club that Rob and Christian have signed two-year deals. I can’t speak highly enough of those two.

“Rob has performed at an extremely high level since he came to the club, and Dibbs had a great season contributing to the 17 clean sheets they kept – finishing with just one less than Rob.

“They are great to work with on a daily basis, and two great guys off the pitch; two great characters in the dressing room. Whoever’s coming in will have no problem working with the two of them.”

CEO Fleur Robinson said of Oakes' departure: “The Club would like to thank Michael Oakes for his contribution to Wrexham AFC and respect and understand his decision. We wish Michael well for the future.”

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