Andy Morrell | manager

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Doncaster

28.9.1974

5ft 10"

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Experienced former football league striker who was appointed the club's new first-team manager in April 2020

Born in Doncaster but raised near Nuneaton, Morrell was involved in Nuneaton Borough's youth system in the mid-1990s before returning north as a youngster to play non-league football for Northern League Newcastle Blue Star whilst at Northumbria University studying sports science. His goals attracted interest from professional clubs, joining Wrexham on trial in late 1998 and impressing Wrexham coach Ian Rush with his finishing capabilities. He joined the North Wales side and made over 100 appearances for the Red Dragons over the next five seasons, scoring thirty-four goals in forty-five games during his final season at the Racecourse Ground alongside the mercurial Lee Trundle, making him the highest scorer in England across all four divisions that season

With his contract at Wrexham up in the summer of 2003, Morrell returned to his roots by joining Coventry City on a free transfer after Gary McAllister chased him for the duration of the summer months. His first season was a great success, but his second year was one of frustration as the goals dried up after he was delayed as a wide midfielder for much of the season

Just after the start of the 2006-2007 season, Morrell made the switch north to join Blackpool on a free transfer. It was to prove a fantastic move for the striker, who finished the Tangerines' top scorer with twenty goals, including a four-goal haul against Swansea in a league game in March 2007. After injuries limited his appearances the following season, he was offered a contract extension for the 2008-2009 campaign but opted to make the switch across Lancashire to join Bury on a free transfer in May 2008

Morrell proved a popular figure with the Bury supporters in League Two, scoring eighteen goals in sixty starts for the Shakers in a two years spell there before returning to his first professional club Wrexham on a two-year contract in August 2010

Wrexham - relegated to non-league football in 2009 - were looking for a swift return to the football league and Morrell's goals during 2010-2011 lifted them into a play-off place, only to lose in the semi-finals to former league rivals Luton Town

Manager Dean Saunders departed the Racecourse Ground in September 2011 to move to Doncaster Rovers as their new manager in above that saw Morrell take over as caretaker player/manager. He led Wrexham to seven wins in nine games to earn himself a permanent deal as player/manager until the end of the season. This was to prove a superb appointment for the club, as they got to the third round of the F.A. Cup and a game against Brighton & Hove Albion and only losing to the Championship side after a replay on penalties. They missed out on promotion back to the Football League by the slimmest of margins, winning ninety-eight points but being beaten to the title by Fleetwood Town; they were once again denied a place in the final by Luton Town for the second successive season, who beat them int he play-off semi-final

2012-2013 was to prove another fantastic season for the Red Dragons after Morrell had penned a two-year extension to his current deal to continue as player/manager. They once again finished in the National League play-offs and got through to the final at Wembley, but were beaten in a highly-charged all-Welsh final against Newport County. They returned to Wembley in the F.A. Trophy Final, where they brought home the silverware after beating Grimsby Town on penalties

The following season was to be less of a success as Wrexham were mired in mid-table for much of the campaign, culminating in Morrell's departure from the club in February 2014. He returned to the Midlands and linked up with former Blackpool team-mate Mike Jackson as Jackson's assistant manager at Shrewsbury Town on a deal until the end of the season before departing in May 2014 at the end of his short-term deal

 

Morrell returned to his local area in September 2014 to join Vanarama Conference North side Tamworth as their new player/manager, replacing the previous incumbent Dale Belford. He turned Tamworth's indifferent form around and made them hard to beat, with the Lambs missing out on the play-offs on goal difference after going on a twelve game winning run

Two more seasons of flirting with the play-offs followed for the Lambs under Morrell, with another seventh-placed finish in 2015-2016 followed by a ninth-placed final position in 2016-2017. Morrell - despite having turned 40 - was still registered as a player and continued to play on a fairly regular basis for the club, mainly as an impact substitute

2017-2018 was to prove the end of Morrell's reign at Tamworth, as the club struggled to maintain their step two presence as bigger, richer clubs continued to flood the National League North and force out clubs with smaller budgets. Morrell left Tamworth in February 2018 despite the Lambs being in relative safety in twelfth place and joined Redditch United as a player for a short spell until the end of the season

In April 2020, Morrell applied for the vacancy manager's position at Keys Park with the club now under new ownership. He fought off an impressive list of applicants to be named as the Pitmen's new manager ahead of the 20120-2021 Southern Premier League Central campaign

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