By Tony Leighton
Brian Flynn is a happy, confident man right now and with very good reason.
After almost nine years away from club management, Flynn has taken over at Doncaster Rovers with the npower League 1 club second in the table and looking a good bet for promotion at the first attempt following last term's relegation.
The 57-year-old former Wales midfielder, who had spent eight years in his country's coaching and management set-up before departing 10 months ago, has been put in charge at the Keepmoat Stadium in the wake of previous manager Dean Saunders switching to Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Flynn's only match to date brought a 2-0 win against Leyton Orient, keeping Rovers level on points with leaders Tranmere Rovers and with a game in hand.
Ahead of Saturday's visit to lowly Bury, Flynn - who had been scouting for the club before taking on his managerial role - told football-league.co.uk: "It's a fairly unique situation to take over a team at the top of the league.
"Usually when you take over you're firefighting and trying to solve problems, but I've come in and I don't need to touch the team or the squad.
"Dean has left me with nothing but good things player-wise - the blend in the squad of experience and young legs, maturity and match-winners. I've got cover in every department and I couldn't be happier with the situation."
Though he could not be happier and feels sure that he can lead Doncaster to promotion, Flynn is certainly not over-confident and will not expect any complacency from his players against relegation threatened Bury.
The new boss, who towards the end of his own distinguished playing career had a couple of spells with Doncaster, said: "The players know their responsibilities.
"If we're casual or sloppy we'll get punished. Bury are not a bad team - I saw them draw at Shrewsbury Town last week and they were resolute and defended well.
"So it won't be easy and my players know that - and to be fair I've seen no hint whatsoever of complacency anywhere in the squad since I took over."
Victory at Gigg Lane would keep Rovers tight on the heels of Tranmere or even overtake Ronnie Moore's team should they fail to beat Carlisle United.
Staying tight on the heels of the leaders will not, however, totally satisfy Flynn as he looks to achieve a personal aim as well as his club's target.
"I'm more than confident of clinching promotion," said the former Wrexham and Swansea City manager boldly, "but I want to push for the number one spot. I've never managed in the Championship, so I'll be looking forward to that."
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