MIKE NEWELL | "I've Seen League Two Clubs That Are Not A Patch On Wrexham AFC"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Wed 19 Dec 2018

New assistant manager Mike Newell believes there is a buzz about the Wrexham AFC dressing room as he looks forward to helping the drive for promotion.

Newell has linked up with former Wigan team-mate Graham Barrow, signing a 2.5-year deal as assistant manager.

A Premier League winner with Blackburn Rovers – and scorer of what was then the fastest Champions League hat-trick – Newell has since managed Hartlepool, Luton and Grimsby.

More recently he has coached Accrington Stanley and was last with Al-Shabab in Saudi Arabia, and insists he had no hesitation accepting Barrow’s invitation to join Wrexham.

“I’ve only been here ten minutes but the club’s got a buzz about it,” he said. “You recognise, when you walk into a club, a happy dressing room and happy lads and I can really recognise that here.

“I’m very excited. Graham gave me a call on Sunday morning, as I think he had an inclination then he would be named manager, and I said yes straight away.

“I know Wrexham are a great club in this league, and have been one of the biggest clubs in the last ten or 11 years now.

“Obviously, they’re looking a lot closer to getting out of the league than they have done for a few years – it was no brainer to me.

“I haven’t been involved with Graham since we played together, which is years and years ago. I was 18 years old at the time.

“Graham looked after me on the pitch, and I looked after him off it! I was quite elated to be honest that he thought of me.”

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Despite his varied playing career, which also included spells with Luton, Leicester, Everton and Aberdeen among others, Newell says he is looking only to the future.

And he believes Wrexham are ready to not only reach the Football League, but make an impression there too.

“My playing achievements don’t count for anything to be honest. It’s just memories,” he said.

“You are passing stuff on to players, and you would hope that they listen to you first and foremost.

“You’ve got experience to pass on, but those things are all in the past for me – I’ve had my career – and it’s now about impressing on these lads not to waste their talent.

“With everybody else, my target is promotion to the Football League. Wrexham, throughout my career, were a Football League club.

“My last memory of Wrexham, for me, was a good one with Luton because we won the league here but it wasn’t such a great season for Wrexham. It would be great for me to be part of a club that can get back in the Football League and then start rising again.

“It’s got the fanbase, it’s got the facilities – I’ve seen clubs in League Two, and those who have had success in League Two, who are not a patch on Wrexham.”

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