KEITH Hill is interested in becoming the next Wrexham boss.

The former Wanderers manager is now looking for a new club after leaving Tranmere Rovers last month.

Hill turned out for Wrexham towards the end of his playing career in October 2001, becoming Dennis Smith’s first signing at the Racecourse Ground.

And he would be happy to make a return to North Wales at a club recently taken over by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

“If the Wrexham board came calling then of course I’d be interested,” Hill told The Leader. “Wrexham was a special club - a unique club - for me and I’ve got so many good memories of my short time there.”

Hill played 12 games for Wrexham on loan from Cheltenham and went back to Whaddon Road to help the club to promotion via the play-offs.

He has fond memories of his time at the club.

“Denis had just come in - and what a great manager he was," said Hill.

“I couldn’t believe how good the ground was, they had a brilliant training ground and the fan base was unbelievable.

“You had Joey Jones there, who was brilliant. Kevin Russell and a great set of lads as players - Darren Ferguson, Brian Carey, Lee Trundle, Robbo (Steve Roberts), Carlos Edwards and big Dennis Lawrence.

“It was a great team and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I remember us beating Wigan 5-1 in the Football League Trophy , Trundle scored one of the best hat-tricks I’ve seen and then we went to Wigan on the Saturday and beat them 3-2 - and I scored!”

Hill left Tranmere at the end of the season having guided them to the League Two play-offs and to Wembley via the Football League Trophy.

“I still find that decision difficult to understand,” Hill added. “Taking them to the Papa Johns Trophy final and then reaching the play-offs only to be told I was going. “ Several big names have been linked with the vacant Wrexham post and Hill believes the club should be aiming higher than the National League.

“I’ve seen the names that have been mentioned - Michael Flynn, Nigel Clough and Mark Hughes with his home-town links,” said Hill.

“It just proves that despite falling into the National League, the club still attracts big names.

“You look at the set up and this is a club that should be playing in the higher echelons of League One - and not playing in non-league football.

“I have deep respect for Wrexham and I have to admit I was sad when they did go down out of the Football League.

“It was a slow demise but you do ask yourself what is a club like Wrexham doing in the National League?”