WREXHAM legend Dixie McNeil is staking his reputation on Mark Guterman securing a long-term future for the embattled League One club.
Speaking for the first time about his backing for former Racecourse chairman Guterman's bid to buy the club from owner Alex Hamilton, the former Dragons player and manager said simply: "I love Wrexham Football Club and I just want it to be saved. "I am a grandfather now and I want to be sure that when he is old enough I'll be able to take my grandson to the Racecourse to watch Wrexham play."
McNeil, 57, who has been lined up to become chief executive at the Racecourse if Guterman's takeover goes ahead, revealed he had first been offered a hands-on role following the departure earlier this year of long-serving director, David Rhodes.
"That was long before any of the present problems surfaced and I was giving the offer some serious consideration," he added..
"But shortly afterwards, there was the fans' red--card protest and Mark's subsequent departure from the club. And I didn't hear from him again until the present situation developed with him seeking to regain control."
Despite the misgivings of Wrexham fans, who hold Guterman responsible for the club's crippling tax bill and the deals through which Hamilton gained the freehold of the Racecourse, McNeil insisted: "I would not be involved now if I thought this bid to buy the club would be to the detriment of Wrexham FC.
"It's not something I'm going into blind and I've told Mark before and often that he has a lot of bridges to build. I told him that from day one and I can honestly say my only motive for working with him is to put this club back together.
"With the exception of the playing side of things, the club has huge problems to overcome, its off-field performance needs to be improved all round and we need to rebuild from the bottom.
"If we are to achieve those objectives, we have to work with the fans and the wider community and get everybody on board with us to take Wrexham forward. If
I'm given the job of running the club on a day-to-day basis, I will do so honestly and transparently. "Those people who know me would agree that as a player and as a manager I have alway been straight and I tell it like it is. I've done it as a player and a manager for Wrexham and I'd like to think I'm a bit older and a bit wiser now but still have something to offer."
Signed from Hereford for £65,000 by former Wrexham manager Arfon Griffiths in 1977, McNeil scored 54 goals for the Dragons in 167 league appearances.
He was a key member of the side which won promotion from the old Division Three as champions in 1978.
McNeil re-signed for Hereford in 1982 but returned to the Racecourse as manager three years later, leading the club to the Division Four play-off final in the 1988-89 season.
He resigned in October of the following campaign.