JOEY JONES has called on the Wrexham fans to rally round the team after the end of the Brian Flynn era.
Jones's own future at the Racecourse, for now, stretches no further than this week's home games with Port Vale and Peterborough.
But caretaker-manager Jones - who has taken over following yesterday's departures of Flynn and assistant manager Kevin Reeves - plans to meet the challenge with the same fist-clenched determination that marked his playing career with Liverpool, Wrexham and Wales.
"I can understand fans wanting to watch a winning team and we are not doing that at the moment," said Jones, ahead of tonight's visit from Port Vale.
"But I would like the fans to come along and just give the lads a bit of encouragement.
"It's a sad day to see Brian and Kevin leave, but the most important thing is Wrexham Football Club.
"It's not about individuals like Brian, Kevin or Joey Jones. It's about getting three points for the club and getting up the table.
"I've been with Brian and Kevin for many years but the directors have asked me to hold the fort for the next two games.
"I'm only too pleased to do that because everybody knows I love the football club. I am sure that the lads will be behind me."
Senior player Kevin Russell, who takes up coaching duties for the next two games, added, "We've got to try and separate the squad from what is going on.
"But the players will be doing their utmost to win for the gaffer. He has built the football club over the last 12 years, all the facilities are there and it's a good squad."
Wrexham's slide into the relegation zone that prompted the departures of Flynn and Reeves came courtesy of a 5-0 thrashing at Tranmere Rovers on Friday night.
Goalkeeper David Walsh and defender David Warren are again ruled out, as is club captain Brian Carey who awaits a hernia operation.
Former Wrexham striker Chris Killeen - who had a three-month loan spell at the Racecourse last season - stands by to make his Port Vale debut
The 19-year-old New Zealand international striker signed on a month's loan from Manchester City last night and is expected to strengthen a team that lost 1-0 at home to Northampton on Saturday.