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Michael Oakes Set to Join Walsall After Quitting Wrexham Role

Walsall Football Club are set to confirm the appointment of former Wrexham coach Michael Oakes as the club's new goalkeeping coach following the recent departure of Steve Hale, who left the club after his short-term deal expired.

44-year-old Oakes, who formed part of Dean Keates' backroom setup at Wrexham, is set to become the latest coach to follow Dean down the M6, joining recently-appointed assistant manager Andy Davies who was unveiled last week.

The Northwich-born former goalkeeper began his career with Aston Villa, where he progressed through the ranks to turn professional in 1991. After eight years, sixty-one appearances and a long list of loan moves Michael left Villa Park and joined Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Michael soon became first-choice 'keeper at Molineux and would go on to make over two-hundred appearances for Wolves over the next eight years. He was released on a free transfer in the summer of 2007 and eventually penned a one-year deal with Cardiff City,making fifteen appearances before retiring at the end of the 2007/08 campaign.

Recently-appointed Wrexham boss Sam Ricketts, who replaced Keates at the Racecourse Ground, spoke to the 'Evening Leader' and confirmed; "I met up with Michael, he loved the club and loved his time here. He has only gone because it is an opportunity to work in League One. I wish him all the best.

"He had that opportunity and I couldn't make him stay. You have to look at it two ways. The club has obviously appointed good staff in the past because a lot of them are going to League One."

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