WREXHAM Football Club have this morning confirmed Dean Saunders as their new manager.
The 44-year-old becomes the Dragons’ fourth boss in 20 months after Brian Little departed by mutual consent on Saturday.
Saunders is number two to Wales manager John Toshack and will be allowed to continue in that role.
The former Wales international, who made his name as a predatory striker with the likes of Derby, Liverpool and Aston Villa, will be unveiled at a press conference later this afternoon.
Wrexham owner Geoff Moss, who invited Saunders to watch training at Colliers Park on Tuesday, said: “I’m delighted to have secured someone of Dean’s standing.
“Initially I only asked him to give me his advice on certain aspects of the club, but after long talks with him I realised that this is something he wanted to get involved with.
“His enthusiasm is infectious and it’s something that really excites me and as to what he can bring to us.
“Even then I thought his position with Wales would rule him out, but that has been talked through with John Toshack.
“Dean is very keen to take on his first managerial role and I’m looking forward to seeing him in charge at the Racecourse.”
It is a Saunders’ first job as a manager having proved himself to be a highly respected coach to Graeme Souness at Blackburn and Newcastle and then to Toshack with Wales.
Saunders, who was reportedly being groomed by the FAW to succeed Toshack, will take charge of his first Dragons match on Saturday when they make the trip to Forest Green Rovers, who, like their visitors, are in a poor run of form in the Blue Square Premier.
Saunders’ first home game as Wrexham boss will be Tuesday’s visit of York City to the Racecourse.
First team coach Martin Foyle, who Little brought to the club in January, has left, but assistant boss Brian Carey, Little’s successor, remains.