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Wrexham appoint Barrow as club boss, Lawrence remains as Soca Warriors coach

England National League football club, Wrexham AFC, have appointed a new manager; and it is not Trinidad and Tobago’s Dennis Lawrence.

Lawrence was tipped as favourite for the post, after former club manager Sam Ricketts quit for greener pastures, two weeks ago. However, the current Soca Warriors head coach Dennis Lawrence seemed to be more interested in continuing with the national team as opposed to returning to the Wales-based team which him his first professional contract.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago coach Dennis Lawrence (left) retrieves the ball during friendly international action against Panama at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 17 April 208.
(Copyright Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Today, Wrexham director Spencer Harris announced that their caretaker manager, Graham Barrow—who served as Ricketts’ assistant—will be entrusted to handle their affairs for the foreseeable future.

“Graham has worked at every level of football and for where we find ourselves today,” Harris told the club website, “he was the outstanding candidate and we are delighted to appoint him.”

Lawrence could potentially be unemployed on 31 January 2019 when his contract with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) expires. However president David John-Williams publicly vowed to keep the former World Cup 2006 standout and the six foot seven coach appears to have taken him on his word.

John-Williams is yet to schedule a meeting with the TTFA board of directors to open talks on a contract extension for Lawrence.

Incidentally, the Warriors travel to Wrexham next year, as the TTFA confirmed a friendly engagement with Wales at the club’s Racecourse Ground on 20 March.

Lawrence will hope to still be in charge then.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence (right) thanks midfielder Cordell Cato for his effort during 2018 World Cup qualifying action against Panama at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 24 March 2017.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

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  1. QUOTE: “Dennis Lawrence seemed to be more interested in continuing with the national team”

    I hope this is not a decision he lives to regret later. The situation with the TTFA is rather fluid at the moment and it is possible that the current leadership could change in the next few months.

    If that happens Dennis Lawrence is not guaranteed that he will be kept in his current position.

    A move to WREXHAM would have moved his career in the right direction.

  2. You not the only one eh Jo Ann Them really good yes

  3. ..I repeat – any extension of his contract is the prerogative of the TTFA Board and not that of the Big Boss, based on a proper technical and financial analysis..

  4. ☹️ Maybe I was the only one hoping for new blood

  5. I now have no doubt in my mind whatsoever that Lawrence is a die-hard patriot! ️

  6. Good news for us I guess but I can’t help but think he made a mistake lol