Former goalkeeper and permanent Bolton legend Jussi Jaaskelainen has left his role as Wrexham’s goalkeeping coach.

He joined the Welsh side last summer when former Bolton teammate Sam Ricketts took the manager’s job there.

However, Ricketts was tempted away to Shrewsbury in December 2018 and it was thought Jaaskelainen may follow suit.

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But according to a statement from Wrexham AFC earlier today, the legendary goalkeeper is planning on returning to his native Finland instead.


The club’s statement read: “Jussi joined our coaching staff last summer to train our goalkeepers after the appointment of a new first team manager.

“Wrexham AFC were always aware that Jussi’s personal plans meant that he would not be able to stay with us in the long term but we know he really enjoyed his time at Wrexham last season.

“Wrexham AFC are extremely grateful to Jussi for all of his hard work and commitment and we wish him all the very best with his move home to his native Finland” the statement concluded.

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Jaaskelainen first moved to Bolton from Finland in 1997 when Colin Todd signed the goalkeeper from Vaasan Palloseura for a grand total of £100,000, an absolute bargain.

22 years later and the goalkeeper is regarded as one of Bolton’s all-time greats and made well over 500 appearances for Bolton in all competitions.

The decision to move back to Finland is obviously understandable but wouldn’t it be great to see the big Finn back at Bolton again?

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