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Dean Keates named Wrexham AFC boss – so John Askey stays at Macclesfield

Cross-border rivals announce replacement for Gary Mills

New Wrexham AFC manager Dean Keates pictured at the Racecourse(Image: Les Evans)

Chester FC boss Jon McCarthy will be locking horns with John Askey tonight – because Wrexham have overlooked the Macclesfield Town boss and appointed Dean Keates as their new manager instead.

Askey, whose side welcome Chester to Moss Rose this evening, had been strongly linked with the vacant Dragons hotseat.

But Wrexham instead have turned to their former captain Keates.

The 38-year-old, who was placed in temporary charge after Gary Mills was sacked earlier this month, has signed an 18-month contract.

It will be Keates' first senior managerial role.

Wrexham's interim management team of Andy Davies, Joey Jones and Dean Keates (right), who has today been announced as the club's new permanent boss(Image: JIM ROBERTS)

Wrexham director John Mills said: "We are delighted to welcome Dean to Wrexham AFC as the club's new permanent manager following his period leading the interim management team.

"As expected, there was huge interest in the position of Wrexham AFC manager but we believe we have chosen the outstanding candidate to take the club forward, to match our own aspirations and those of our supporters.

John Askey, who remains in charge of Macclesfield(Image: Ratcliffe)

"Dean is a man with an excellent pedigree in football, he is someone who knows all about Wrexham AFC and the fans expectations and someone who has a real passion for the club. We believe has the knowledge, the drive and the determination to bring lasting success to the club as we build for a successful future.

"We are sure Dean will receive the usual fantastic support from our supporters and we now look forward with real enthusiasm for the rest of this season and onwards towards next season as we tackle the many challenges ahead."

Wrexham, who are two places and three points behind Chester, host Barrow tonight.

Last night, meanwhile, Dragons chief executive Don Bircham and director Barry Horne quit the club.

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