WREXHAM are looking for their fifth manager in the space of 18 months after Bryan Hughes was sacked late on Wednesday night.

News of former Reds' midfielder Hughes' departure broke at 11.30pm.

Under-fire Hughes, who took charge in February, was under mounting pressure following Tuesday's 3-2 defeat at AFC Fylde.

It kept Wrexham, in the National League relegation zone and without a win in eight games.

Hughes was only given the dreaded vote of confidence by the club's board of directors last Monday but they have decided enough is enough following back to back away defeats at Aldershot and Fylde since that statement was released.

Wrexham, who reached the play-offs last season under Hughes, losing 1-0 in the eliminator to Eastleigh, made a promising start to their 12th campaign in non-league but have not won since they beat Halifax 1-0 at The Racecourse on August 13.

It means since Dean Keates stood down as Wrexham boss in March 2018, Sam Ricketts, Graham Barrow and Hughes have all been in charge.

A club statement read: "Following on from our previous statement, Wrexham AFC can confirm that further discussions between Bryan Hughes and the board have taken place and following those discussions all parties decided that a change was needed. The outcome is that Bryan has left his position of First Team Manager with immediate effect.

"Following on from a promising end to the 2018-19 season in which the club finished with its third highest points total in its history under Bryan’s control, the club currently finds itself at the wrong end of the table and without a win in eight league games. We are fully focused on improving upon this situation going forward.

"We would like to thank Bryan for his hard work, effort and for acting in the best interests of Wrexham AFC at all times during his time at the club.

"Wrexham AFC will make further announcements regarding this matter as soon as possible. In the interim, Wrexham AFC will be making no further comment at this stage."

It remains to be seen who will take charge of Wrexham for Saturday's home game against fellow strugglers Ebbsfleet United.