Where Are They Now? Sam Ricketts Named Shrews Boss

  • December 04, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton defender Sam Ricketts has become an EFL manager, having been appointed boss of League One side Shrewsbury Town.

Ricketts, who played for Wanderers between 2009 and 2013, is a relative novice in the dugout - with just seven months of experience behind him at non-league Wrexham.

Handed a three-year contract by the Welsh side in May, Ricketts has guided the Dragons to 4th place in the National League and will step up two divisions this coming weekend when his new club travel to Burton Albion.

Speaking to shrewsburytown.com upon confirmation of his new role, Ricketts said: "I'm delighted to be here. It's a club for probably the last four or five years I've looked at fondly.

"I thought it would always be a good place to manage and when the opportunity came around I was delighted to do so."

Wrexham, who advised Ricketts to stay away from their FA Cup second-round tie with Newport County on Saturday, thanked the 37-year-old for his time at the Racecourse Ground, saying: "Wrexham AFC can confirm that First Team Manager Sam Ricketts has left the club to join Shrewsbury Town.

"Following an approach from Shrewsbury Town we did everything possible to retain his services, however, once this interest became known, Sam expressed his desire to speak to them regarding their vacancy.

"Shrewsbury Town triggered elements in Sam's contract enabling them to approach him and at that point we were obliged to allow him to speak to them.

"Following his discussions with Shrewsbury Town, Sam informed us of his intention to take up their vacant manager's position on Saturday morning and in the best interests of Wrexham AFC, we asked him not to attend our FA Cup second round fixture versus Newport County on Saturday night.

"Wrexham AFC are in a strong position after 22 league games of the 2018/19 season. We would like to thank Sam for his efforts and for the work he did while at the football club.

"We are fully focused on further improving upon this situation going forward. Wrexham AFC have already begun the process to appoint Sam's successor with Graham Barrow taking charge of the first team on an interim basis.

"We will make further announcements regarding this matter as soon as possible.

"Wrexham AFC will be making no further comment at this stage."

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