Billy Barr

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Billy Barr
Personal information
Full name William Joseph Barr
Date of birth (1969-01-21) 21 January 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Halifax, England
Playing position Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1994 Halifax Town 196 (13)
1994–1997 Crewe Alexandra 85 (6)
1997–2000 Carlisle United 91 (3)
Teams managed
2002 Carlisle United (Caretaker Manager)
2006-2010 Preston North End (First Team Coach)
2010-2011 Sheffield Wednesday (First Team Coach)
2011-2014 Wrexham F.C (Assistant Manager)
2014 Wrexham F.C (Caretaker Manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

William Joseph "Billy" Barr (born 21 January 1969 in Halifax, England) is an English former footballer and manager. He is currently caretaker manager at Wrexham after the departure of Andy Morrell as manager.

Career[edit]

Playing[edit]

Barr started his career with Halifax Town in July 1987, after coming through the club's youth team. He joined Crewe Alexandra in June 1994. He then moved to Carlisle United in August 1997, and finished his playing career with the club.[1]

Managerial[edit]

He was caretaker manager of Carlisle United from April – August 2002.[2] He later took up a new coaching role with the first team squad at Preston North End, holding the position of first team coach from the summer of 2006.

He left the club in January 2010 following the appointment of Darren Ferguson as manager. He then joined Alan Irvine at Sheffield Wednesday assuming the role of First Team Coach.

Wrexham AFC[edit]

Towards the end of September 2011 he was asked and agreed to join the revolution at the 'fans owned' club of Wrexham FC and assist player/manager Andy Morrell. A management team of Morrell, Barr and Michael Oakes took Wrexham to second in the league in the 2011/2012 season, finishing on a record 98 points for a second place team. They went on to lose in the play-offs to Luton Town. The following year they took Wrexham to Wembley for the first time in their history, winning the FA Trophy, beating Grimsby Town on penalties.[3] A month and a half later they returned to Wembley, but lost 2-0 to Newport County in the play-off Final.[4]

The following season was a disappointment as Wrexham lost numerous games at the beginning of the season, including 2-0 at home to local rivlals Chester.[5] This led the fans to have a lack of belief in manager Andy Morrell, and after a 1-0 home loss to Barnet he resigned, leaving Barr as caretaker manager.[6] Barr confirmed he had applied for the job although lost his first game 5-0 to Luton. Barr left Wrexham with immediate effect on 19th March 2014 after failing to get the managerial job on a permanent basis

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