“You need privacy,” Ex-Sunderland manager praises Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney for Wrexham documentary, advises teams to NOT DISTURB manager

Simon Grayson tried to ensure the camera crews did not disturb his players during his time at Sunderland.


“You need privacy,” Ex-Sunderland manager praises Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney for Wrexham documentary, advises teams to NOT DISTURB manager

Simon Grayson has advise for the Wrexham owners, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. (Images via The Independent and Variety)

In the past decade or so, many streaming platforms have started to document seasons of football teams. It started with Netflix’s Sunderland ‘Til I Die and Amazon’s All or Nothing: Manchester City in 2018. The Sunderland documentary got a 2nd season and soon a third will be coming out. At the same time, All or Nothing followed Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Juventus, Brazil, and Germany. 

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The latest documentary streaming is Welcome to Wrexham, which follows Wrexham AFC, and shows how Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds attempted to revive the club. It documents how the celebrity duo runs the club and tries to get them a promotion. 

Former Sunderland manager, Simon Grayson, spoke about Wrexham’s documentary. He was in Sunderland ‘Til I Die, where they showed the 54-year-old being sacked after just four months at the job. In an interview with Bitcoin Casinos, he praised the production company for not shoving cameras into the faces of players and coaches. He stated how unhappy he was continuously giving interviews and how he tried keeping the crews out of the dressing room. 

For example, they wanted to go in the dressing room, but I wasn't having that, or there were times when I was with my family and in the car when I didn't want to be filmed. It's tough being a manager without having your personal space being invaded. You need a bit of privacy.
Simon Grayson on the camera crews

Grayson then criticized Fulwell 73, the makers of the Sunderland documentary, for only looking for negatives. Talking about the upcoming documentary on Liverpool, he suggested the production should always look for the good elements of the club. 

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How have Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds have transformed Wrexham

Purchasing the club in 2020, Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds have brought in positive change to the club. In their first season in charge, they brought in former English Football League CEO, Shaun Harvey, as an advisor and Humprey Kerr, another writer, as the executive director. They even managed to sign former Premier League players like Ben Foster and Steven Fletcher.

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Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney address the Wrexham fans. (Image via GQ)

Thanks to their takeover, multinational firms like TikTok and Expedia joined in as shirt sponsors. They were also the first non-league team to feature in the FIFA franchise, being listed in the “Rest of the World” in FIFA 22. 

Purchasing the club to get them to the English Football League, the team finally got into League 2 in 2023. Wrexham topped the National League in the 2022/23 season, gaining promotion into the EFL. Wrexham are currently 5th in League 2, while also reaching the 4th round of the FA Cup. 

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