Wrexham have confirmed that Andy Davies will be leaving the Vanarama National League club after some twenty-five years of service to join SkyBet League One side Walsall to re-join Dean Keates as assistant-manager.
His contribution to the club started as a schoolboy player, moving on to become a scholar, community coach, schoolboy coach, head of schoolboy coaching, youth team coach, head of youth, assistant-manager and then finally, first-team manager.
It has been quite a journey for Davies, as he was born locally and grew up as a Wrexham supporter, before joining his home-town team and working his way through the ranks.
As a youngster, he was signed as a schoolboy and attended training, which was then held at Ellesmere Port, with Joey Jones giving him a lift across the border for these evening sessions on the Wirral.
Progressing through the various junior age levels, Davies was offered a scholarship with the club at 16, which led to him joining the club’s Football in the Community Scheme.
Turning his hand to coaching at the Centre of Excellence, while still playing for the likes of Flint Town United and Cefn Druids, he started passing his coaching badges and took up a role as head of coaching for Wrexham`s schoolboy players – working with Steve Cooper, who recently coached the England under-17s to World Cup success.
This led to Davies coaching the Wrexham under-18s and taking over as head of youth, covering all the club’s young players from the age of 9 up to 18.
During his time, he has helped bring through the likes of Jordan Williams (Liverpool), Danny Ward (Liverpool & Wales), Jordan Davies (Brighton), Johnny Smith (Bristol City), Neal Eardley (Blackpool & Oldham) and Nathan Broadhead (Everton) – all of whom have moved on up the ladder.
While another crop of schoolboys has impressed enough to earn themselves moves to the likes of Liverpool, Burnley and Stoke City in recent years.
Not only that, but many others, such as Robbie Evans and Johnny Hunt, have made gone on to make a significant contribution to the Wrexham first-team.
In October 2016, Davies stepped up to assist new first-team manager Dean Keates, combining his youth role with that of assistant-manager.
With Keates’ decision to leave for Walsall in mid-March, the club asked Davies to take on the mantle of manager for the remainder of the season.