ASSISTANT Kevin Russell has paid tribute to boss Denis Smith for guiding Wrexham through the most traumatic period in their history.
Smith celebrates four years in charge of the Dragons with the visit of Torquay United to the Racecourse on Saturday.
After the club was forced into administration last December, the 57-year-old's role has gone far beyond managing the team.
He worked closely with the administrators and potential buyers Neville Dickens and Geoff Moss during the summer to ensure there was a club left standing.
Having done that, Smith - who continues to operate without a contract - has been allowed to concentrate on on-the-field matters this season.
That has come as a relief to the boss, who goes into Saturday's game with praise ringing in his ears from Russell.
He said: 'Denis has guided this club through everything that's been going on. He's remained calm and really steadied the ship.
'Denis has been able to concentrate on the football side of things more this season thanks to the administrators and that's a massive relief.
'Last season we were worrying about whether the players would be paid, whether there would be hot water or even food on the table.
'We've still got a long way to go before we are running like a proper football club - but we're getting there.'
Wrexham's future could become clearer tomorrow (Friday) when the club's administrators challenge owner Alex Hamilton, and his company Crucialmove Ltd, in court.
Good news from Birmingham would be the perfect way to start a weekend which sees the Dragons return to action after international call-ups led to Saturday's clash at Peterborough United being postponed.
However, the enforced break has given Dave Bayliss, Paul Warhurst and Andy Holt time to shake off knocks and they should take their place in the squad for Torquay.
Like the Dragons, Saturday's visitors were relegated from League One last season and have suffered horrendous injury problems, which have seen them slide to 20th.
But Russell thinks 13th-placed Wrexham will have their work cut out if they are to continue their excellent home form.
'Torquay are a good footballing side,' he said. 'I'm sure once everyone's fit both of us will be pushing for a top seven place.' nWrexham begin their de-fence of the LDV Vans Trophy at Blackpool on Tuesday night.