Smith axed by Dragons

11 January 2007 04:38
Wrexham have parted company with manager Denis Smith with the Red Dragons hovering just two points above the League Two relegation zone. Three successive defeats have prompted the Wrexham board to dispense with the services of the veteran manager, who has been in the hot-seat at the Racecourse Ground for six years. Smith was handed the managerial reins following the departure of Brian Flynn in 2001 but guided the club to relegation to the lowest tier of the Football League two seasons ago. His assistant Kevin Russell has also left the club and Brian Carey has been placed in temporary charge of first-team affairs. "Nobody has wanted Denis and Kevin to succeed more than the directors of the club, however, we feel that we have no option at this critical time but to make a change to allow us time to pull things around," read a statement on the club's official website. "This is a club that is making good progress off the field, we are extremely ambitious and want and need to be in a position to challenge in the league. "We hope that the dawn of a new era will bring just that."

Source: ESA