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Wrexham AFC has been in the spotlight ever since it was acquired by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney in 2020. Now in League Two, the Welsh outfit made a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory against Salford City, who has David Beckham as its minority owner. Speaking after the match in a podcast, the Wrexham boss expressed his appreciation for the Hollywood owners and got candid about his chances in Hollywood.

As the Welsh team cruised past David Beckham’s side, the gaffer sat down for an exclusive interview. Let’s delve deeper and hear out his words.

Boss criticized for his ‘acting skills’


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After the match, Wrexham boss Phil Parkinson was invited to an exclusive interview with the talkSport podcast panel, which included a former soccer player and manager. Alan Pardew, who has been doing some research on Phil Parkinson, couldn’t resist bringing up a topic that would raise eyebrows. “One thing that I’ve got to bring up with you that I haven’t brought up with you privately. It’s a bit out of order to bring it on the phone on the radio station, I think,” Pardew said.

But, I have seen a couple of little podcasts that you’ve done Parky, and your acting ability mate, I don’t think you’ll be going to Hollywood, so just stick to the football mate. You’re a very good football manager,” Pardew added. It was a playful jab at the gaffer, who is also actively seen in ‘Welcome to Wrexham.’ Although, Parkinson admitted to Pardew’s comments and replied with a laugh, “I’ve been there, but they got me out of there quickly. I think it is a wise decision.”

When asked about the impact the Hollywood duo has made on Wrexham since their acquisition, Parkinson spoke candidly about the positive changes that Reynolds and McElhenney have brought to the team and the town. Parkinson appreciated the fact that the owners have not only invested their capital but their passion and vision as well in the club.

The Hollywood impact on Wrexham

Wrexham’s journey over the last two years has been nothing short of miraculous. With Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney at the helm, the Red Dragons have undergone a remarkable transformation. Wrexham boss appreciated the efforts of the Hollywood duo by stating, “Wrexham, for fifteen years, had nothing. They were out of the league with no money in the club and were hanging on for survival. When Rob and Ryan came in, they lifted the whole area, not just the football club.”

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Reynolds and McElhenney have used their star power to raise the club’s profile and attract new fans from across the world. As a result of their efforts, Wrexham has witnessed significant improvements in match results, shirt sales, social media presence, and ticket sales.


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As Wrexham AFC continues to script its own unique narrative, soccer fans around the world will undoubtedly keep a close eye on this club’s remarkable journey.

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Sahil Sharma


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Sahil Sharma is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. He's been a fan since childhood, but his love for the sport truly took off when Real Madrid won their record 10th UEFA Champions League title in 2014. That famous La Decima triumph turned him into a hardcore Madridista.
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Jayant Chhabra