Former Walsall manager Dean Keates is the favourite for the newly vacant Wrexham job.

The National League side are in the hunt for a new boss following the departure of Bryan Hughes after a poor start to the season.

Keates, who is 41 years-old, is available after being sacked by Walsall in April and could be set for a return to the Welsh side. He is the odds-on favourite for the position on Paddy Power.

The ex-midfielder spent his playing days with spells at Walsall, Hull City, Lincoln City, Walsall, Peterborough United and Wrexham before retiring in 2016. He made over 700 appearances throughout his lengthy career.

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He was appointed a manager for the first time with Wrexham in October 2016 and spent a couple of seasons in charge at the Racecourse Ground in the fifth tier.

Keates then moved to Walsall in League One in March 2018 and spent just over a year with the Saddlers before he was dismissed at the back end of the last campaign.


A move back to Wrexham could be on the cards for him now as they look for yet another manager in their quest to return to the Football League.

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Other names in the running consist of Andy Morrison, Kevin Nolan, Graham Westley, Ian Culverhouse and Scott Ruscoe, though Keates seems the most likely fit at this moment in time.

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