Wrexham AFC can confirm that Michael Oakes has joined manager Bryan Hughes’ backroom staff as goalkeeping coach with immediate effect.
Michael made well over 250 EFL appearances during a 16-year professional career and was also capped at England U-21 level. After retiring in 2008, he took up a coaching position at Wrexham AFC where he stayed until 2015 before returning for a second spell during 2017-18.
The former Aston Villa, Wolves and Cardiff City goalkeeper was most recently coaching at Walsall and returns to the club in time for pre-season training with our shot-stoppers Rob Lainton and Christian Dibble.
Also joining the backroom staff is sports scientist Nick Barnett.
Nick was previously with the Dragons during the 2017-18 season before moving to Walsall.
He first joined the club in 2011 on a placement and impressed enough to eventually become ‘Head of Physical Performance’ in July 2017.
Nick replaces the departing Alun Andrews. We would like to thank Alun for his efforts and commitment during the past twelve months, and we all wish him well with his move home to his native South Wales.
Manager Bryan Hughes commented on the changes by saying: “I’m delighted to welcome both Michael and Nick back to the club. Both have worked here before so they will be able to slot straight back in and get straight to work.
“Michael’s career speaks for itself. He has fantastic experience both as a player and as a coach, and I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
Talking about the Sports Science Department he said: “Alun is a very professional sports scientist and we are sorry to see him leave the club. He has decided to move closer to his family in South Wales and we wish him all the best.
“The sports science department is really important. It helps us monitor the players workload by making catered training programmes for players and reduces the impact long term injuries can have on a season.
“After speaking to the club’s staff, I decided that Nick Barnett was by far the best candidate to replace Alun and I am really looking forward to working closely with him.”