Bryan Hughes’ short spell as Wrexham manager is over, and it was a short spell. That’s not unusual since we’ve dropped into the National League though.
Hughes was the 32nd Wrexham manager and his spell in the Racecourse hot seat is the fifth shortest. Billy Morris had two spells in charge, so only three men have been Wrexham boss for a shorter length of time. Two of them are his immediate predecessors, Sam Ricketts and Graham Barrow. In fact 8 of our last 10 managers are in the 15 shortest-lived Wrexham managers
Hughes’ strong start means he fares fairly well statistically. His average points per game in league matches is the 12th best we’ve enjoyed. Hughes won 4 of his first 5 matches, and 8 of his first 13. At that point his points percentage was 64%. Things tailed off after that. He won just 3 of his last 16 matches, and one of those was the meaningless final league match of last season, when both Wrexham and Harrogate selected under-strength sides. If we were to convert that run of results into a points percentage, it would be a mere 31%. That’s worse than Brian Carey, the manager with the lowest points percentage, managed.
The poor sequence of results which ended his tenure is our longest run without a win in the National League. We haven’t kept a clean sheet in 13 away games, our longest run since January 2009, and our failure to shut our opponents out in our last 9 games is our longest run since August 2017.
His final match saw Wrexham lose a league match despite leading twice for the first time in 24 years. That distant 5-2 defeat at Birmingham saw Hughes line up in midfield against his future team.
Hughes’ win percentage is the 19th best in the club’s history out of 32 managers, while his loss percentage puts him slap bang in the middle of our managers in 16th place.