Carl Darlington has ruled himself out of the running to be Wrexham manager, report The Leader.

Wrexham AFC

Darlington returned to the club for a second spell as first team coach last summer after leaving Welsh Premier League champions The New Saints and was among the favourites to succeed Dean Keates who was appointed boss of hometown club Walsall on Friday. An announcement on Wrexham’s new manager is expected before the end of the week but Darlington, who is also the Head of Coach Education For The Football Association of Wales Trust, does not want to be considered.

“I said first time around I don’t want to be manager,” said Darlington, who was caretaker manager when Kevin Wilkin was sacked in March 2015 but relieved of his coaching duties when Gary Mills took over in The Racecourse hotseat. “Maybe one day but not for the foreseeable future.

“I enjoy doing what I am doing, I enjoy supporting the manager, supporting the team, supporting the football club, but not as a manager. I love my job at the FAW and the Trust, that is progressing every single year, and it is not something I want to give up to go full-time as a manager.

“I don’t really see myself as a manager long-term anyway, more of an assistant or first-team coach.”

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