Garry Monk has thrown his support behind Sam Ricketts after the Birmingham City manager’s former housemate was appointed at Wrexham.

Ricketts, 36, has landed his first managerial role with the National League side, signing a three-year deal. Monk was Ricketts’ teammate at Swansea City for two seasons as a player and lived with the former Welsh international.

And Monk, who led Blues to Championship safety after taking charge in March, has backed his ‘very good friend’ to succeed.

“I’ve said to him ‘if you need any help or support I’ll give it you’ not that he’s going to need it,” Monk told the BBC.

“He’s a smart guy and will be very planned and organised and will work diligently. I wish him all the best, he’s a very good friend of mine.

“You have to throw yourself in there and you’ll never know until you’re actually doing it,” added Monk.

“He’s put himself in that line and I say all credit to him. It takes a certain type of character to put yourself on the line. It’s a really great appointment by Wrexham – that they’ve given someone like Sam an opportunity.”

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