Wrexham assistant manager Steve Parkin can’t wait to leave
STEVE PARKIN doesn’t feel the burden of pressure just because expectations are high at The Racecourse.
Phil Parkinson’s side begin a 15th non-league campaign with tomorrow’s home game against Eastleigh.
Just over two months ago, Wrexham’s promotion challenge came to an end after a semi-final loss to Grimsby after leading the title race to the end.
Runners-up in 2021-22, the bookmakers have installed the Reds as big favorites for automatic promotion this term after Parkinson secured the services of his key players and made six new signings over the summer.
But assistant coach Parkin insists Wrexham said: “I think we have to come to terms with the fact that we are a big club in the division we are in.
“We are getting tremendous support both home and away, should that be pressure?
“Not really, not for me.
“It should be something to accept that the fans are behind us and can be our 12th man on a Saturday, home and away.”
Jordan Tunnicliffe, Mark Howard, Elliot Lee, Anthony Forde, Sam Dalby and Jacob Mendy all arrived at the racecourse and Parkin added: “The new boys are just getting settled in but they’re really looking forward to the challenge, everything like the rest of the group who really welcomed them.
“We’re really looking forward to it and the expectations will always be there at every club to start with.
“Every supporter wants and expects their club to succeed, whether it’s a small club or a big club, so the expectations we have are no different than anyone else’s.
“Let’s embrace them and hopefully have a successful season. »
Midfielder James Jones wants to make up for last season’s disappointment by going even further this season and ending the club’s exile in the Football League.
“Obviously everyone expects us to do well with what’s happening with the club,” Jones said.
“Everyone is fully aware of this, but we don’t hesitate to do so.
“It’s up to us to take that pressure, go further and do what we all want to do.”