Bar­row: Get back on track

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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.”

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