Ryan Reynolds has stated his desire to lead Wrexham to the Premier League
Following the takeover of two Hollywood stars, the National League club’s popularity has risen dramatically in recent years. Reynolds and fellow actor Rob McElhenney are the driving forces behind the non-league club’s big aspirations, which could be realised this season.
Wrexham leads the National League with three points over Notts County. The first significant achievement since Reynolds’ involvement would be promotion, but he has intentions to take the club even higher, with the top flight being the end aim, as he stressed his dedication.
He told ESPN : “That’s what you see from Premier League clubs, Championship League clubs. “We want to walk the walk, even as a fifth-tier club. We say this all the time, but we want to be in the Premier League, as crazy as that sounds to some people. If it is theoretically possible to go from the fifth tier in professional football all the way to the Premier League, why wouldn’t we do that? Why wouldn’t we use our last drop of blood to get there? We’re in it for the ride. This is a multidecade project.”
Wrexham finished second last season but were unable to gain promotion through the play-offs, finally losing to Grimsby. Teams have been known to rocket up the football pyramid, but going from non-league to Premier League is unprecedented in contemporary times.
Salford City, co-owned by the Class of 92, have sought to climb the football pyramid with significant expenditure, but have failed to advance beyond League Two since achieving promotion several years ago. Wrexham’s owners have been able to financially support the club, allowing them to construct a strong roster that includes the club-record signing of Ollie Palmer from AFC Wimbledon last year.
Reynolds has been vocal on social media about the emotional turmoil that comes with following football. He’s been open however about the effect it has had on his life.
“Two years ago, I didn’t have this kind of passion for the sport, and in some ways, I see it as a plague. In other ways, I see it as the greatest introduction that’s ever been made to me, at least from a sports perspective. It’s wild. I wish it didn’t dominate as many of my thoughts and deeds as it does these days, but you don’t make anything great without enthusiasm, they say,” he added.
Wrexham are among the lowest ranked sides still in the FA CUP having upset Coventry in the third round.
Last night saw Wrexham draw with Championship side Sheffield United 3 – 3 (in the fourth round) so Wrexham will have to face Sheffield again away from home in a re-match