Bryan Hughes has called on supporters to get behind Wrexham AFC's players.

In his final interview with The Leader prior to being sacked by the Reds on Wednesday night, Hughes urged fans who wanted a change in management to fully support the squad.

Wrexham are in the relegation zone and without a win in eight league games, and fans were calling for Hughes to be removed after the 3-2 defeat to Fylde on Tuesday.

Hughes said: "We are in a sticky patch and that's why I say to the fans, the players need you.

"Even if they don't want to support me, they want change and they have got the hump with me, the players need them.

"I don't think we are far away from turning our form around. People can question that but I really don't believe that we are too far away.

"But we need to start winning games and every game becomes a cup final."

Chants of 'you're getting sacked in the morning' rang out from the away end as Wrexham suffered a fifth defeat in 12 outings, leaving the Reds three points away from safety.

Hughes understands their frustrations, adding: "I feel all the pain of the supporters. They want us to win games, I want us to win games. We are trying our best to try and win games.

"I don't think our effort and commitment was questionable at Fylde but the fans have still got a say.

"They want the team to be performing week in, week out. They want to win games of football and I totally understand it.

"I know there is a section that is calling for me and it is understandable because they want to see success at the club, and that is what I want to bring to them.

"The fans are entitled to their own reactions, their own opinions, and I appreciate all the support they give to the team and my management team."

Wrexham, who have taken 11 points from the opening 12 games, entertain fellow strugglers Ebbsfleet on Saturday.