Andy Davies says the chance to reunite with Walsall boss Dean Keates was a major factor behind his decision to join the club.
The 39-year-old was confirmed as the Saddlers’ new assistant manager yesterday after leaving Wrexham, where he also worked as Keates’ number two.
After 25 years at the Racecourse Ground, Davies admitted it wasn’t easy leaving the Dragons.
But he says the opportunity to work again with Keates – and join a League One club – was simply too good to refuse.
“I’m delighted to be here,” said Davies, who also held roles as Youth Team Coach, Centre of Excellence Manager and First Team Manager during his time with Wrexham.
“Dean asked me to come and join and I was more than delighted to do that.
“I’ve worked with him as a player, as a coach and as a manager as well. I know what he’s about and what he brings to a club from a management point of view.
“It was difficult [leaving Wrexham], but that pull of working with Dean again was massive.
“I wanted to do that and everybody wants to challenge themselves and I’m coming into a League One club.
“The opportunity to come to Walsall and League One, and to work with Dean again, was one I couldn’t turn down.”
When asked exactly what his role will entail, Davies responded: “Assisting Dean with day-to-day management and being on the pitch, which is where I like to be.
“Being on the grass and coaching is what I enjoy doing.
“It’s about making sure we put a team out on the pitch to represent the fans and represent the club in the right way.
“My job will be on the grass and working day-to-day with the players.”