Wrexham have announced that manager Gary Mills has left his position at the Vanarama National League club.
A 2-0 defeat at Tranmere Rovers last Saturday proved to Mills’ final game in charge of the club and he leaves them in fifteenth place in the National League table.
That defeat at Prenton Park added to a poor run of form for the Dragons in which they lost five of their last seven games.
Pressure seemed to be mounting on Mills, with speculation that he was about to leave his role increasing recently.
The former York City manager had spoken of his frustration at the club’s financial situation recently, as he tried and failed to solve a goalscoring crisis that has seen the Dragons fail to hit the back of the net in eight of their last thirteen games.
Mills joined the club at the start of the 2015/16 season, choosing to end his two year stay at Gateshead.
Last season he led the club to an eighth place finish in non-league’s top tier and hopes were high that the Dragons could push for a play-off place this season.
Mills made a number of changes to the Wrexham squad during the summer, with the likes of FC Halifax Town’S Hamza Bencherif and Chester’s John Rooney joining the club.
Wrexham made a reasonably solid start to the season, losing only two of their first seven games, however their inconsistancy and their goalscoring troubles led to a slide down the table and ultimately to Mills’ departure.
The former Nottingham Forest player has been linked with the vacant York City managerial role, although he played down talk of a return to Bootham Crescent earlier in the week.
A statement was released on the club’s official website confirming the departure of Mills.
It read “Wrexham AFC today announces the departure of First Team Manager Gary Mills from the football club.
Everyone at the club would like to thank Gary for his endeavours during his time at Wrexham AFC, having arrived at the Racecourse with the reputation of his teams playing open, attacking and attractive football, and previous success in gaining promotion from the Conference League.
This was a difficult decision but despite some exciting and entertaining football last season, our main priority is promotion back to the Football League and we have not made the progress expected towards that aim, falling short of the play off places last season, and currently out of touch with the table leaders with a third of the season already gone.
We have therefore made the difficult decision that a change is needed.
All other staff remain unaffected by this change.
Joey Jones, Andy Davies and Dean Keates will take charge of team affairs for this weekend’s visit to Stamford AFC.
The club will make further announcements in due course.
Director Wrexham AFC [on behalf of the Board of Directors]”
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)