New Wrexham assistant manager Brian Flynn says he had ‘no hesitation’ returning to the Racecourse to form part of Bryan Hughes’ backroom staff.
Flynn was, of course, Wrexham manager when Hughes fired the Robins to the quarter-finals of the 1996/97 FA Cup.
His 12-year reign as manager eventually ended in 2001, since when he has saved Swansea City from relegation out of the Football League, earned promotion to the Championship with Doncaster Rovers and been part of the Welsh national set-up.
But Flynn admitted Wrexham has always held a special place in his heart after a managerial reign including Welsh Cup wins, FA Cup giant-killings and promotion to the third tier.
“I had no hesitation in joining Bryan Hughes whatsoever,” Flynn said, after joining Wrexham’s backroom staff for the 1-1 draw with Gateshead.
“Obviously, there’s also the sentimental attraction of Wrexham as well, and putting them back where they belong was an important thing for me.
“You never lose that interest in the football club. To be at a club for so long, there’s always something there and that will always remain.”
While the immediate target continues to be promotion out of the National League, Flynn also admitted he hopes to see Wrexham one day return to their former heights.
And he hopes his experience – including building up scouting knowledge in stints with Swansea and Norwich City – will prove valuable for Hughes and the backroom team.
But he also reiterated his position will be under Hughes – insisting his focus is squarely on helping to continue the momentum built up in the manager’s first few games in charge.
“If it is one last bit of history at Wrexham that would be nice, but it would be nice to look in future and see us back in the first division” he confessed.
“That’s a long-term target but the important thing now is the short-term.
“To play like we did today, with the spirit and the attitude and the fitness levels that were fantastic after the week of traveling the lads have had – it’s proof that everything going on in the background is doing really well.
“I’ve been up to quite a lot! My bank of players is never-ending. It’s endless, the player knowledge I’ve got from various clubs is something I hope to use for Wrexham.
“I’m looking forward to just keeping supporting Bryan and the staff here. They’ve done a remarkable job to put us where we are and I just hope I can help to keep the momentum going.”