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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.

First point for new Swans boss Bradley as Newport lose and Wrexham win

Swansea City earned their first point of the new Bob Bradley era as his side drew 0-0 draw with Watford at the Liberty Stadium.

Bob Bradley gets his first point as Swansea boss, but his side remain in the Premier League relegation zone. Credit: PA

Mike van der Hoorn had the best chance for the home side in the first half, before Gylfi Sigurdsson hit the post.

Swansea though remain second from bottom in the Premier League and are without a win since their opening day's win over Burnley.

Elsewhere in League Two Newport lost 3-1 to Plymouth at Rodney Parade.

Plymouth had taken the lead via the penalty spot, before Jon Parkin equalised just after the break.

But another penalty from Graham Carey and a Jordan Slew strike sealed the win for Plymouth.

In the National League, Wrexham beat Bromley 2-1, with goals from Shaun Harrad and Gerry McDonagh.

Cardiff play Nottingham Forest in the Championship's late kick-off.


Wrexham manager Gary Mills sacked by club

Manager Gary Mills has been sacked by Wrexham.

The club made the announcement saying they have 'not made the progress expected' with him in charge.

In a statement, Wrexham FC said it was a 'difficult decision' but while their priority is promotion to the Football League, the club has become 'out of touch with the table leaders'.

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Everyone at the club would like to thank Gary for his endeavours during his time at Wrexham AFC, having arrived at the Racecourse with the reputation of his teams playing open, attacking and attractive football, and previous success in gaining promotion from the Conference League.

This was a difficult decision but despite some exciting and entertaining football last season, our main priority is promotion back to the Football League and we have not made the progress expected towards that aim, falling short of the play off places last season, and currently out of touch with the table leaders with a third of the season already gone.

We have therefore made the difficult decision that a change is needed.

– Wrexham FC statement

All other staff remain unaffected by this change, the club confirmed.

Joey Jones, Andy Davies and Dean Keates will take charge of team affairs in the short-term.

It's been a turbulent season so far for Welsh football clubs after Swansea City, Cardiff City and Newport County all announced they have parted ways with their managers.

Police appeal after man dies in crash

North Wales Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died yesterday.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died Credit: ITV News

He collided with a stationary car on Newbridge Road in Wrexham at around 3pm. He was airlifted to hospital in Stoke but later died of his injuries.

“We are appealing for any witnesses to the collision, or to anybody who may have seen the motorcycle being ridden prior to the collision to contact us.”

– Sgt Jane Thomas, North Wales Police

Anybody with information should contact officers at the Roads Policing Unit on 101 quoting reference number U140596.

Tributes paid to woman killed after car plunges off mountain road

A woman who died after her car plunged almost 250ft off a mountain road in Denbighshire, has been named as Cassandra Jayne Dulson.

She was 24-years-old and came from the Ruabon area of Wrexham.

Cassandra Jayne Dulson was 24 and fondly known as Cassie. Credit: North Wales Police

Cassandra was killed just after 10.30am on Monday morning on the A542 Horseshoe Pass in Llangollen.

Police say her Vauxhall Corsa left the road near the top of the Horseshoe Pass and was approximately 75 metres down the embankment.

Credit: Google Maps

She was also fondly known as Cassie.

Her family say that Cassie was dearly loved and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.

They are being supported by North Wales Police.

Anyone with information is asked to 101.

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