MARTIN FOYLE insists that he and Brian Carey will work together to try and push Wrexham up the Blue Square Premier table, but yesterday put a brave face on being told to stage a full-scale practice match for club owner and chairman Geoff Moss.
The exclusive Racecourse audience also included Dean Saunders, Roy Evans and Arfon Griffiths, all personal friends of the owner, who were drafted in to give their verdict on the quality of the Dragons squad.
Foyle and Carey, who were in charge for last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Torquay, had planned some intensive coaching sessions this week, and the former Port Vale boss side-stepped suggestions that a 90-minute match situation had not been on the agenda.
He said: “The chairman wanted a game today on the main pitch to review all the players, and apparently a few people like Roy Evans and Dean Saunders have come in to have a look. That’s what the chairman asked, so we have organised it and it went very well.
“The chairman is having a little look at things and he wants a bit of time to assess the situation to decide what is needed. That’s probably why he has called in a lot of friends to have a look at the whole set-up.
“I’d like to know what their opinions are of everything and of the players as well. The chairman is probably worried that he’s made one or two mistakes along the line and maybe feels he needs a bit of help, but sometimes too many cooks spoil the broth, don’t they?”
Of the game, in which defender Carl Tremarco picked up an ankle injury that makes him a doubt for Saturday’s trip to Forest Green Rovers, Foyle added: “We were trying to get in a bit of match practice for Saturday and to look at the shape of the team and formations.
“We looked at certain personnel in certain positions and again there was some good stuff, but there is still plenty to work on.”
But Foyle admitted he and Carey were no wiser in terms of the future beyond this weekend.
“The chairman wants Brian and me to carry on with what we are doing,” he said.
“He was pleased with last weekend and it’s important that we get the stability right, especially for the players, and then we can look forward to Forest Green on Saturday.
“The chairman has got one or two ideas and we need to sit down again and see what they are, but there’s been no talk of a manager,” Foyle added.
“Me and Brian (Carey) have always worked closely together and we have struck up a good friendship. We did that for the old gaffer and everything we are doing at the moment is just the same. We have to make sure that it’s right.”
Moss, meanwhile, has expressed disappointment that an audacious bid to bring Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage in on loan has been vetoed by Rams chairman Adam Pearson.
“Robbie rang me on Sunday,” said Moss. “And over the course of several conversations he told me what he wanted to do and if I could guarantee there would be some coaching input.
“He wanted to come for at least three months, although he’s still under contract at Derby and on a huge salary, but there would have been very little cost to Wrexham, which made it doubly attractive.”
Foyle added: “There were more talks yesterday and Robbie went to see his manager, who agreed, and so we negotiated some more.
“Robbie was very enthusiastic, but last night the Derby chairman rang me to say that they felt a move to Wrexham at the moment would reduce Robbie’s value to them.
“Robbie rang me again this morning and was very disappointed, as was I, but his last words to me were ‘maybe next month’.”
Having missed out on a temporary move to his hometown club, the former Welsh international is set to join Brighton later this week for a month.