Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence has emerged as favourite for the vacant managerial post at England National League club, Wrexham AFC.
Former Wrexham manager Sam Ricketts left the club yesterday to take up a position at League One outfit, Shrewsbury Town, while the “Dragons” appointed his assistant, Graham Barrow, as caretaker boss.
Lawrence, a former Wrexham captain and member of the club’s Hall of Fame—alongside compatriot Carlos Edwards—is the bookmaker’s favourite to take up the mantle, with SkyBet slashing odds that the Trinidad and Tobago World Cup 2006 defender would take charge at the Racecourse Ground in Wales from 8/1 to 2/1.
Lawrence’s contract with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) expires in January 2019 and president David John-Williams is not believed to have initiated talks for a renewal, which would still need board approval.
John-Williams has other pressing matters, as he will face a no confidence motion—tabled by Super League club FC Santa Rosa—at Sunday’s reconvened TTFA AGM, along with a stream of ongoing court matters, including a request for transparency on the Home of Football by board member and Santa Rosa owner Keith Look Loy and a claim for unpaid match fees, salaries and per diems by the National Futsal Team.
Lawrence is also believed to be one of multiple national coaches owed salaries by the current TTFA administration.
As National Senior Team head coach, Lawrence—a former assistant coach at England Premier League clubs Wigan Athletic and Everton FC—could not prevent the Soca Warriors from finishing bottom of the Concacaf Hex in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. And his record reads: five wins, four draws and 11 defeats with 18 goals scored and 27 conceded from his 20 matches in charge.
However, Lawrence can point to home wins over Panama and, more famously, the United States during the Hex as signs of his potential as head coach. And after six games in 2018—five of them outside of Trinidad—the Warriors conceded just three goals with the highlight being a 2-0 win over the United Arab Emirates in a September friendly international in Girona, Spain.
At present, Wrexham are outside of England’s four recognised professional leagues. But, at fourth in the National League, they do occupy a play off spot and can feasibly win one of the two promotion spots to League Two.
Incidentally, Lawrence’s former assistant coach on the National Senior Team, ex-England standout Sol Campbell, took over at League Two table proppers, Macclesfield Town, last week.
Lawrence could not be reached for comment while his agent, Mike Berry, declined comment on the Warriors coach’s immediate job prospects.
Lawrence is believed to be happy in his role with the National Senior Team but has not ruled himself out of a return to Wales.