Wrexham have announced that manager Sam Ricketts will be absent from tonight’s FA Cup game with Newport County, as his departure to Shrewsbury Town reportedly nears.

Photo: Wrexham AFC

Since arriving in the summer, former Wales defender Ricketts has had his team challenging for promotion in the Vanarama National League. It now appears, though, that Wrexham could be set to lose their second manager to a League One club in two seasons, with Dean Keates leaving for Walsall in 2017/18.

Wrexham have stated the following:

In view of the speculation surrounding the future of our first team manager Sam Ricketts, Wrexham AFC felt it is not appropriate for him to attend this evening’s game.

We will seek to clarify Sam’s future as Wrexham AFC manager as soon as is possible.

Graham Barrow, Jussi Jaaskelainen and Carl Darlington will take charge of tonight’s second round tie.

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