Brian Flynn took temporary charge of Wrexham on Thursday night as Robbie Savage was being touted by the bookies as an outside bet to succeed departed boss Bryan Hughes.
Former Wrexham, Swansea and Welsh national manager Flynn, pictured, agreed to step up from his role as number two to Hughes at the National League’s Red Dragons for Saturday’s home game against Ebbsfleet and next Tuesday night’s trip to Solihull Moors.
Flynn’s appointment at the Racecourse Ground was announced in a brief statement on the club’s website less than 24 hours after the sacking of Hughes late on Wednesday night.
As speculation grew over the club’s next manager, the statement read: “Further to last night’s statement regarding the departure of Bryan Hughes, Wrexham AFC can confirm that assistant manager Brian Flynn will take interim charge for the next two games.
“Brian will be supported by the existing back-room staff. Wrexham AFC will be making no further comment at this stage.”
Flynn returned to Wrexham in February to help Hughes and could yet make a permanent return to the hotseat with Connah’s Quay Nomads manager Andy Morrison, his first team coach Craig Harrison and TNS boss Scott Ruscoe all being linked with the vacant post.
Former Wales defender Danny Gabbidon is also on a growing list of potential successors alongside star candidate Savage, the 44-year-old former Crewe, Blackburn, Birmingham, Derby and Leicester midfielder.
Flynn, 63, managed Wrexham for 12 years and was at the helm during Wrexham’s famous FA Cup giant-killing over Arsenal. He led the club to the quarter-finals of the competition in 1997, won the Welsh Cup, lifted the FAW Premier Cup three times and earned promotion to League One in 1993.
As a player, he earned 66 full Welsh international caps as a midfielder after kicking off his career at Burnley. After making 120 appearance, he went on to make more than 150 more for Leeds United before moving on to Cardiff City, Doncaster Rovers, Bury and Limerick City.
He ended his professional career at Wrexham in 1993 after making exactly 100 appearances for the Red Dragons.
Image courtesy of Alun Roberts