BRIAN FLYNN has backed Bryan Hughes to make the most of his big chance at Wrexham.

Hughes has been appointed as the new Wrexham boss, the former Reds midfielder putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year deal at the club where he starting his playing career.

That was under Flynn's tutelage, Hughes playing a big part as Wrexham reached the FA Cup quarter-finals during the 1996-97 season, earning him a big money move to Birmingham City.

The 42-year-old played in the Premier League for the Blues, Charlton Athletic and Hull City, and finished his playing career at non-league club Scarborough Athletic where he also had a spell as joint-boss before leaving in December 2015.

Since then, Hughes has coached at the i2i Football Academy but while becoming Wrexham's third manager of the season is a step up, Flynn believes he can maintain the promotion challenge with the fifth placed Reds only four points off top spot.

"I think it is an exciting appointment, the perfect match," said Flynn.

"Bryan will give everything to be successful and promotion is not out of the question.

"Four points off the top, that can change in a week.

"You have got to aim high and I am sure he will do that.

"Expectation levels will be big but Wrexham are in a good position chasing.

"Results have been difficult recently so getting momentum quickly will be the key to it and I am sure Bryan will have a plan."

Eyebrows have been raised about the length of Hughes' contract, especially after he became the club's fifth manager in 11 months.

But Flynn feels stability is key following Wrexham's rapid turnover of managers.

"I think a three year contract is an important factor," said Flynn.

"You have got some time for this division and further up the leagues so he can plan and look to the future.

"Two things that overlap each other, and are so important, are patience and stability.

"Getting that duel trust between you and the players is so vital; trust for the players that you as manager are going to be around for a while can achieve success."

Hughes was only 20 when Birmingham boss Trevor Francis paid £1million for his services in March 1997.

Flynn, who was in the Racecourse hotseat from 1989 to 2001, has kept in touch with Hughes and will continue to offer his support if needed with the duo staying in contact with each other.

"Bryan was only a young lad when he left us," added Flynn.

"I have been in fairly regular contact with him over the years and followed what he has done in his career and helped him when I can.

"I am sure he is prepared for it."