Barrow: Get back on track
INTERIM Wrexham manager Graham Barrow has vowed to keep the Racecourse side towards the top of the Vanarama National League.
The north Wales club have been left in disarray over the past week after boss Sam Ricketts left for Shrewsbury Town.
But, having signed a new twoyear deal to remain at the club as assistant, Barrow is confident Wrexham can sustain their promotion push as they welcome Eastleigh today.
“The main concern for me is the club and the players, obviously,” Barrow said. “The players have to go out there and do a job, which they did last Saturday night when they drew with Newport in the FA Cup. The game was almost a relief to them after all the hoohah and 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.”
Although happy to remain as part of Wrexham’s coaching team, Barrow has no ambitions of succeeding former Wales international Ricketts. “I enjoy want I’m doing, but I don’t enjoy some of the stuff that goes along with management,” he added.
“I prefer to be on the training pitch and in the dressing room and helping the manager.”
Eastleigh are currently ninth in the league and are unbeaten in their previous five outings.
But Wrexham captain Shaun Pearson, who this week signed a new 30-month deal, is confident his side will put all the upheaval behind them and get a positive result. He said: “It’s a great opportunity to give everyone a boost, a big three points, and hopefully we can get back in the mix with the top two.
“The club is in a great position. In the year-and-a-half I’ve been here, I think you’ve seen a continual development – on the football side and the club as a whole. We are not the finished article yet, but we’ve made massive progress.”