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Wrexham appoint former captain Keates as manager

Dean Keates has made more than 150 appearances for Wrexham. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Wrexham AFC has appointed Dean Keates as its permanent manager.

Keates, who was in temporary charge at the Racecourse following the sacking of Gary Mills earlier this month, has signed an 18-month contract until the end of the 2017/18 season.

Read more: Wrexham manager Gary Mills sacked by club

It will be first management position for Keates, who led Wrexham to FA Trophy victory in 2013 and made more than 150 appearances for the club as captain.

We are delighted to welcome Dean to Wrexham AFC as the club's new permanent manager following his period leading the interim management team. As expected, there was huge interest in the position of Wrexham AFC manager but we believe we have chosen the outstanding candidate to take the Club forward, to match our own aspirations and those of our supporters.

Dean is a man with an excellent pedigree in football, he is someone who knows all about Wrexham AFC and the fans expectations and someone who has a real passion for the Club. We believe has the knowledge, the drive and the determination to bring lasting success to the Club as we build for a successful future.

– John Mills, Wrexham AFC director

Keates will be unveiled as manager at a media conference this afternoon.


Neonatal Care Centre to be built at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd

Construction of a new neonatal intensive care unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd will begin next month, following £18m worth of Welsh Government investment.

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Work has also started to recruit the team who will work at the centre, including neonatal consultants. The unit, which will care for very sick and premature babies, is expected to open in 2018.

The centre will provide the best possible standards of care and clinical outcomes for mothers and their babies across North Wales, centralising intensive care at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

This investment reflects expert advice from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health who recommended that the health board should plan to provide neonatal intensive care at one central site in the region.

– Vaughan Gething AM, Health Secretary
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