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Thanks, Brian, but your time was up

WREXHAM fans last night paid tribute to the work of ex-manager Brian Flynn, but said the time had come to move on.

WREXHAM fans last night paid tribute to the work of ex-manager Brian Flynn, but said the time had come to move on.

Outside the Racecourse, the Dragons faithful said the resignation of Flynn and his assistant, Kevin Reeves, had come as no surprise.

But as Wrexham, hoping to stop the rot after three successive defeats, prepared to take on Port Vale, it was the name of Brian Flynn that was on everybody's lips.

There is already much speculation and argument as to who is the right man to take over from one of the longestserving managers in recent Football League history.

Former Tranmere Rovers manager John Aldridge and current Shrewsbury Town boss Kevin Ratcliffe have been mentioned, alongside some bigger names.

Wrexham fan Terry Edwards, 43, from Rhos, said: "It is time Brian Flynn went, 12 years is a long time to be at the club. He has done a good job since he has been here, but it is time we moved on. I would like to see Joe Royle take over the club, but I don't think Wrexham have the money for that."

Claire Reed, 27, from Llay, said she'd be happy as long as Joey Jones, put in temporary charge of the team, stayed at the club. She said: "He (Flynn) did not have the money to do what he wanted. I believe he had taken the club as far as he could with the money he had. If Joey stays, then I will not be too disappointed Brian has gone. It came as no surprise to me at all."

Claire first cited John Aldridge as a good replacementand then placed her support-behind former Wales international captain Kevin Ratcliffe to take over.

Mark Roberts, 30, from Wrexham, said it was time to build. He said: "If we do not look forward now, we could go down to Division Three.

"My son Daniel plays in the Wrexham under-12s academy and I want to see things being taken forward, not backwards.

"The decline has really been over the last couple of years. After his testimonial against Manchester United when the fans didn't come, he should have taken the money and gone then."

Lifelong fan Eric Davies, 64, from Penyffordd, said: "I am sorry in a way that Brian has gone; he has done a lot of good for the club and he said to me that he was no quitter.

"He got Wrexham out of the Third Division, but has not done much since.

"They were rubbish against Tranmere last week and were the second best team. I think Ratcliffe would do a good job."


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