WREXHAM owner and chairman Geoff Moss revealed new manager Dean Saunders will put pen to paper on a two-year contract when all the details have been finalised, writes Mark Currie.
Moss said the speed with which the assistant Wales boss had made the decision to succeed Brian Little had come as a surprise.
“He only phoned me at 5.30pm last night so we’ve agreed the outlines of the contract,” said Moss. “There are still some things to be sorted out, but I can’t tell you how delighted I am personally to have Dean here.
“He didn’t apply for the job but I chased him all week. I took him for a few drinks on Sunday night and he eventually came round to my way of thinking that maybe he would have a go.”
Saunders, who will continue as No 2 to Wales boss John Toshack, will be in charge for Wrexham’s home match against York City on Tuesday evening before joining up with Wales for their World Cup double-header against Liechtenstein and Germany the following week.
And Moss added: “We must thank John Toshack for allowing Dean to come because it would not have been possible without his say so and I’m very excited about the possibilities.
“I know me and Dean will have a very good relationship because he lets me beat him on the golf course.
“He has his own ideas, he is his own man and I won’t be picking the team because he would not let me. But I also know there is no-one that will work harder than him or have more energy and enthusiasm.”
Striker Michael Proctor, one of several players transfer-listed by former manager Brian Little, said it was a new start for the players.
Proctor said yesterday: “We had a meeting with the new manager this morning when he told us what he expects from us and what we can expect from him.
“We had a very good session this morning and there were some new ideas, so everyone is feeling bright and looking forward to what the future brings.”
Wales under-21 manager and former Wrexham boss Brian Flynn predicted Saunders would make a big impact.
Flynn said: “I’m very pleased for Dean, who is a top-class coach and someone who can give everyone associated with the club a big lift.
“I hope Dean makes a success of it.”