‘What a story that could be!’ – How Ryan Reynolds & Rob McElhenney convinced Phil Parkinson to become Wrexham manager & a documentary star

The Hollywood superstars completed their remarkable takeover at SToK Racecourse in the spring of 2021. By the summer of that year, they were in the market for a new boss. Parkinson was approached due to his vast experience of life in the Football League – particularly on the promotion-winning front – and was lured to North Wales after initial concerns about dropping into the non-league were calmed.

McElhenney made a personal play for Parkinson – as captured on the ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ documentary series that the Red Dragons’ boss now stars in – with A-list celebrities in the boardroom having delivered on every promise that they made to the man in the dugout.

Parkinson guided Wrexham to the National League title in record-breaking style last season and now has them sat among the League Two frontrunners - with back-to-back promotions on the cards as Reynolds and McElhenney seek to make their dreams of one day reaching the Premier League a reality.


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