NEW Wrexham manager Dean Saunders has issued a ‘shape up or ship out’ warning to his players and promised fans he would lead the Dragons back into the Football League.
The 44-year-old ex-Wales striker described his first managerial appointment as a massive challenge, but insisted he could combine the role with his job as assistant to Wales manager John Toshack.
Saunders said: “I can do both jobs and I’m here to help. I’m Welsh and I’ve always wanted Wrexham and all the other Welsh clubs to do well.
“I never envisaged myself working in non-league and I would not have even contemplated it for any other club.
“This club has been losing consistently for four or five years but it stopped today. We are going to go forward. We’ll get out of this league and put Wrexham back where they should be.”
Having met his players for the first time yesterday, conducting two training sessions, he added: “I will set in stone principles that everybody will adhere to, so that every morning they will know exactly what is required of them.
“We are going to get a winning mentality in this club. This club has been full of losers and it’s got to change.
“We need to bring in people who want to win. That sounds daft because you think most footballers want to win, but how far are people prepared to go to win? Unless people feel the same as I do they won’t be here long.”