Wrexham FC are delighted to announce that Carl Darlington will be joining us as a first team coach with immediate effect.
He will be leaving Welsh Premier champions having teamed up with The New Saints in May 2010 working alongside the club's then Director of Football Mike Davies, with the pair successfully beating Irish Champions Bohemians in the UEFA Champions League qualifier in 2010.
He was influential in bringing First Team Manager Craig Harrison to the club following Davies' departure in January 2011, having worked previously with Harrison at Airbus UK Broughton. The newly formed partnership helped The New Saints win the Welsh Premier title for a record eight times, winning three consecutive titles as well as winning the Welsh Cup in 2012 and 2014.
As a UEFA Pro Licence holder, Darlington played a major part in the club's playing style, creating a unique football philosophy that runs throughout the club from the first team down to the young academy squads.
"The New Saints wish Carl the very best with his new role," commented Chairman Mike Harris. "Carl brought a great deal of technical professionalism and organisation to our club during his time with us and has helped develop the clubs football philosophy, leaving a unique legacy behind."
For Carl himself, it was a difficult decision to move on from The New Saints.
"I would personally like to thank the Chairman Mike Harris for his continued support," he said.
"Everyone connected to TNS FC and of course the fans for the memories and success we have achieved since 2010. I've been fortunate, having coached TNS to 5 Champion League, 3 Europa League Ties and 6 domestic league trophies in four and a half seasons at the club.
"My decision to part company has been a very difficult one, but I leave the club in their strongest position in history. TNS are currently undefeated in over 2 years at home and remain undefeated in all competitions this season, which includes being 12pts clear in the WPL and in the league cup final. I can honestly say that the club have a very strong infrastructure and are in good hands with Craig Harrison, so it's now I look to move on.
"When one adventure finishes another one begins. I'm honoured to be approached by Kevin Wilkin and Wrexham FC, my home town team and can't wait to get started. I've been a Wrexham supporter all my life and know what this club mean to the fans. My aim and vision is to be part of the team that gets Wrexham back to the glory days."