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New boss Sam Ricketts targets Shrewsbury promotion

New manager Sam Ricketts aims to take Shrewsbury Town one better than last season and lead them to the Championship.

Shrewsbury Town name Sam Ricketts as first team manager (pic Shrewsbury Town FC )
Shrewsbury Town name Sam Ricketts as first team manager (pic Shrewsbury Town FC )

Welshman Ricketts was yesterday confirmed as Shrewsbury’s new boss on a two-and-a-half-year deal, replacing the sacked John Askey as a 21-day hunt for a new boss ended.

The 37-year-old, who has just five months management experienced with National League Wrexham, points to last season’s success at reaching the League One play-off final and insisted it was a target for his Town tenure.

Town’s fine form under the temporary charge of Danny Coyne and Eric Ramsay – five wins from six – is something Ricketts will lean on.

“Danny Coyne and Eric Ramsay have done an excellent job and I’m really looking to utilise them to work with them,” said the new Town boss, who knows Coyne from playing for Wales and Ramsay through the FA Wales set-up.

“The side’s in a good place so I’m wanting to lean on them and build something. If this club is to build something, which is what we want, it’s going to take everyone. It’s not just myself, but an awful lot of input from a lot of people.”

On Town’s potential, he added: “You probably saw it last year.

“The points total and to not get

promoted, (with) more than two points a game, is hugely unlucky.

“The club’s been there once, why can’t it get that again?

“You’d like to think it’ll end in promotion.

Ricketts, who left Wrexham five months into a three-year deal, added that ‘one or two’ of his own staff will join Shrewsbury.

The former Wolves and Telford defender stressed that maximum effort is the one requirement he expects from his team. He said: “I’m not a ranter and raver, I was in dressing rooms where managers ranted and raved for no real reason.

“There’s a process behind everything. I rant and rave if I don’t get full effort from players, that’s the only thing you can stipulate, maximum effort physically.

“We all make mistakes, we all miscontrol the ball, miss an open goal, those you can forgive. But you can’t forgive a lack of effort.”

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