Sources: Ex-Sunderland and Bolton boss Parkinson agrees to be new Wrexham manager
Ex-Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson has agreed to be the new Wrexham manager, Football Insider has learned.
The fifth-tier club’s Hollywood-based owners Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds have given the green light to the 53-year-old replacing Dean Keates.
A Wrexham source has told Football Insider that Parkinson has been offered the job by the club and has indicated he will accept.
The appointment could be announced in the coming days.
Actors McElhenney and Reynolds vowed to turn Wrexham into a “global force” when they completed their takeover in February.
Their first priority is to get the club back into the Football League after a 13-year absence.
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Wrexham legend Keates left the club at the end of the last season after they missed out on the National League play-offs on the final day of the campaign.
The Welsh club could only draw with Dagenham & Redbridge and therefore finished in eighth place, a point behind Bromley in seventh.
Keates spent four years in charge of the club across two spells.
Parkinson has been out of work since leaving Sunderland last November after overseeing a winless run of five games.
The Englishman spent just over a year in charge of the Black Cats and ended his spell with a win rate of 39.6 per cent.
He has previously enjoyed spells in charge of Colchester United, Hull City, Charlton Athletic, Bradford and Bolton.
However, Parkinson has no prior experience of managing a club in the National League.
In other news, Charlton Athletic have agreed to sign a Sunderland 23-year-old.