New Wrexham boss Phil Parkinson discusses Hollywood plans for TV show on club

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Phil Parkinson has pledged to “embrace” a new docu-series about Wrexham under their Hollywood owners but insists some of his team talks must be off limits to cameras.

Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator and star Rob McElhenney took control of the Welsh club in February.

They hired Parkinson last week as boss on a 12-month rolling contract after previously announcing social network TikTok as their new sponsors.

Parkinson now expects to feature prominently in the new access-all-areas docu-series about the club called 'Welcome to Wrexham' which will be filmed over the next two seasons.

Parkinson, 53, is under pressure from the start after being charged with getting promotion from the National League back into the Football League.

His previous club was Sunderland who featured in an infamous Netflix series prior to him managing the League One outfit from October 2019-November 2020.

But it hasn't put him off taking over at the Racecourse Ground, as he insisted: “It is great for myself and my family are very excited.

“I spoke to Rob (McElhenney) at length on a Zoom call which was very interesting.

“He has an incredible passion for being successful at this football.

Ryan Reynolds and fellow Hollywood actor Rob McElhenney have bought Wrexham and are targeting promotion to the EFL under new boss Phil Parkinson
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“The TV show has been explained to me in the interview process.

“You have to embrace that as well.

“It is important for the area and image of the club.

“It is not going to detract from us preparing the team to win on a Saturday afternoon and that is the key.

“There is access but there are certain times we have to be left to concentrate on what we have to do.

“There is an understanding of that.

“Details will be ironed out but the most important thing is the team is successful.

“I will embrace the camera crew but there will be certain times the door will be closed.

“It might not be at half-time in a game, it might be at the training ground, we will work that out as we go along.”

Phil Parkinson has experienced the lower leagues with Colchester, Hull, Charlton, Bradford, Bolton and Sunderland and is now in charge of Non League Wrexham
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Wrexham, who were founded in 1864, were fan-owned from 2011 when the Wrexham Supporters Trust (WST) took control.

But they voted overwhelming to rubber-stamp a takeover by Reynolds and McElhenney who pledged to invest £2million.

Parkinson has also previously bossed Bolton, Bradford, Charlton, Hull and Colchester – winning promotion on three occasions.

Phil Parkinson is Wrexham's new boss and starts pre-season training this week with the aim of promotion back to the EFL
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He has never managed in Non League before but can't wait the start of Wrexham's pre-season this week.

He added: “My job is to produce a successful team.

“I have been at clubs before I have achieved that and the whole community can be lifted by a team which the area can be proud of.

“The squad needs a lot of work but I am confident we can build a squad which is as strong as anything else in the league to give us a great chance of the ultimate goal which promotion.

“We want a squad which we feel is confident to be right at the very top of the league.”

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