Timber wood Wrexham co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are obsessed with the Red Dragons and are in it for the long haul, according to centre-back Eoghan O’Connell.
The 27-year-old joined the club in January as Phil Parkinson looked to strengthen his squad ahead of the National League run-in. Choosing to drop down the divisions from Charlton Athletic, O’Connell had the desired impact as his 15 appearances for the North Wales club helped guide them back to League Two as champions.
While much was said about Reynolds and McElhenney’s motives when they first bought Wrexham, their impact has been overwhelmingly positive for not only the club, but the town as a whole. In a recent appearance on SportsJOE’s House of Football podcast, O’Connell opened up on how the duo approach running the Red Dragons.
“The way they run it is incredible,” the centre-back explained. “There’s no ego from them, they’re there for us. They come over as much as they can for games and they’d be in the dressing room after having a chat.
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“But the way they run it is incredible. And at the same time, you kind of think, coming from the outside like that, they’d be putting their nose in it – they literally just let the manager do his job and it’s really incredible the understanding they have for it. The way they run the club and just, speaking to them about it, they’re definitely in it for the long haul.
“They’re obsessed with it, they love the lads. Sometimes you’d be sitting on the couch and you’d get a message from one of them, just like kind of having a conversation, it’s mental really.”
Reynolds and McElhenney’s success at the Racecourse Ground has translated Stateside too thanks to the success of the ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ documentary. Parkinson’s club will conduct their first summer pre-season tour in the US next month where they will face Manchester United, Chelsea, LA Galaxy II and Philadelphia Union II.
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