Flynn gets Church backing
Simon Church says Brian Flynn would be a good choice to be handed the Wales' reins on a permanent basis.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 02/11/10 7:01pm
Reading's Welsh international Simon Church believes caretaker boss Brian Flynn would be a good choice to be handed the reins on a permanent basis.
Flynn is among the contenders to take over from previous boss John Toshack, with the deadline for applications this week.
The six-man Football Association of Wales panel will then confirm the new manager before Christmas, allowing the successful applicant time to prepare for the Nations Cup opener in Ireland on 8th February and then the Euro 2012 clash at home to England in March.
Flynn was in charge of the recent Euro 2012 qualifying defeats to Bulgaria and Switzerland, which have left Wales bottom of Group G, but Church, who previously played for Flynn in the Under-21s, firmly believes he can help the team progress.
Church told skysports.com: "When he came in for the two games I think I can speak for everyone in that the standard of training went up drastically and - although the results don't look very good on paper - the two performances were pretty good, especially in Switzerland.
"We did very well against a side that featured in the World Cup this summer and created a lot of chances, so hopefully people won't judge us purely on the results because everybody in the squad felt that we were moving in the right direction with him in charge.
"I firmly believe that he can help us develop as a side, especially with the young contingent that make up the squad."
Wales face a tall order to qualify for the 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine, with 10 points separating them from current table-toppers Montenegro, but Church believes that a win against rivals England in March could prove to be a turning point.
He added: "We have got England up next and there is no doubt that it will be tough to qualify from the position we currently find ourselves in, but we all need to keep believing that we can turn things round, starting with that huge game in March.
"If we can get a result against them then that could be the turning point because beating a quality side like England can give everyone a massive confidence boost."