WREXHAM will this morning unveil their new manager a fortnight after previous long- serving boss Brian Flynn left the club by mutual consent.
The Racecourse vacancy attracted a host of high profile applications, with former Welsh internationals Neville Southall, Barry Horne and Dean Saunders all declaring an interest.
But the second division club's stated intention of seeking an experienced replacement for Flynn and his assistant manager Kevin Reeves would appear to have ruled them out, leaving several tried and tested names in the frame.
After Shrewsbury Town boss Kevin Ratcliffe declared himself a nonrunner, ex-Wolves manager Colin Lee, together with Jimmy Mullen, who has had spells with Burnley and Cardiff City, were among the favourites, but Wrexham's managing director David Rhodes was giving no hints when he announced today's 10.00am press conference.
And there could yet be a surprise. One name that had not cropped up until yesterday was that of former Stoke City defender, Dennis Smith.
The 54-year old started his managerial career at York City and has also worked at Sunderland, Swindon and Oxford United, with ex-York and Wrexham midfielder Malcolm Crosby as his assistant.
Rhodes confirmed that the new manager had agreed that caretakerboss Joey Jones would be offered a continuing role at the Racecourse, probably as reserve team coach, and said he was extremely pleased with the final choice.
"We had up to 50 applications for the vacancy, with a wide range of candidates boasting-various levels of experience," he added. "We would very much like Joey to stay on at the Racecourse in some capacity and that has been agreed. It's up to Joey to decide whether he wants to stay with the club."
The club's chairman and majority shareholder, Pryce Griffiths, who is recuperating after an illness, was kept closely in touch with progress during two days of interviews last week and has given the new appointment his personal seal of approval.