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Final parting full of sorrow

WREXHAM'S handling of the Flynn affair comes in for criticism by columnist Peter Davies, who questions the club's public relations regime.

AFTER 12 years of hard work, Brian Flynn will have been unhappy to exit the Racecourse on the back of a disastrous 5-0 mauling at Tranmere, and equally saddened to see the team he built go down to yet another home defeat against Port Vale.

It is ironic that after eight years of consistent mid-table stability, Flynn leaves the Red Dragons in the second division drop zone. This does not reflect the reality of his time in charge. Put it another way: I'm pretty certain that, whether Wrexham thrive or struggle in the next few seasons, everyone concerned will come to view 1989-2001 as a progressive period in the club's development, if not exactly a golden age.

On the level of public relations I have been unimpressed by the way in which BF's departure has been handled by the club. A full week passed between the manager indicating his wish to leave at the end of the season and the official statement announcing that he was going immediately.

This kind of inertia did nobody any favours - and it is no coincidence that Wrexham went down to two bad away defeats during this period of uncertainty. Managing Director David Rhodes may be a well regarded football administrator, but I have my doubts as to whether he is the ideal man to act as the club's press officer.

When it came, the WFC announcement read: "It has been mutually agreed that for the good of Wrexham AFC, Brian and Kevin will leave their positions as Manager and Assistant Manager. They have given 12 years loyal service for which the club thank them and wish them well in their future careers."

I'm sure Rhodes and his fellow Board members could have been slightly more fulsome in their praise, given that Flynn and Reeves saved the club from near extinction in the early 1990s. I certainly would have been.

It is easy to be critical of club directors. In my view they are committed, but also unimaginative and unenlightened in their thinking. However, when some Wrexham supporters chant "SACK THE BOARD!", as they have recently, I think they miss the point. It is impossible for anyone to "sack the Board".

Of course Pryce Griffiths can be bought out, but, as we all know, he has not been inundated with offers in recent times. Wrexham directors make a sizeable financial commitment to the club - a financial commitment that fans do not make - and I feel that everyone has to remember this.

In the aftermath of Flynn's exit, Rhodes went on to say: "We will probably advertise the manager's position in the short term."

But why? Surely, the Wrexham directors have a good idea of the kind of person they wish to succeed Flynn - and if they don't, they should have! I want the club to target someone, headhunt the man they want, have a definite hit-list - not just put an advert in the press.

New names are linked with the hot-seat every day: Dean Saunders, Joe Royle, Jimmy Harvey, Terry Yorath, Mike Walker, Barry Horne.

The job will be a major challenge - but I'm glad the switch will be made in the autumn rather than the spring.


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