Steve Weaver believes Sam Ricketts would be an excellent appointment as Wrexham manager.

Former Wales international Ricketts, aged 36, has been heavily linked with the vacant position at The Racecourse, with the board of directors set to announce the new boss by the end of the week. Ricketts was a vastly experienced defender who played for the likes of Oxford United, Swansea City, Hull City, Bolton Wanderers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Coventry City, as well as winning 52 caps for his country, before hanging up his boots in November 2016 because of a knee injury.

It was while at Wolves that former Wrexham assistant boss Weaver, who was an academy and development coach with the Molineux Stadium outfit, came across Ricketts. Weaver felt Ricketts, who currently coaches in the youth set-up at Wolves, was a manager in the making.

“Sam was always very much a leader on and off the pitch,” said Weaver. “He was that sort of lad and I do see him as a manager.

“He put a lot of thought into the game. You could always talk to him about the game, he was very mature and showed a lot of interest.

“He was a very good lad. He was a hard worker, diligent and meticulous, and it would not surprise me if he went into management and he was a success at that.”

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