BRIAN Flynn’s sixth sense told him that Doncaster Rovers was the right job for him.
His previous two jobs in club management, at Wrexham and then Swansea, saw him appointed on both occasions at sides rooted to the bottom of the old Fourth Division.
With Rovers flying high at the top of League One, things are slightly different - and the Welshman can smell success.
“When you walk into a dressing room, you can tell there is success in the air,” said Flynn.
“That’s the feeling I got when I came down to the training ground.
“I could sense that the players were hungry for success.
“In the words of the chairman, the aim for this season is not only promotion but going up as champions as well.
“That positive attitude has come from the chairman and the board and we will try and carry that out.”
Flynn’s permanent appointment, and Rob Jones’ elevation to player coach, are sure to be popular decisions with the playing squad.
The players are settled, they have a winning formula and in Flynn and Jones they have ready-made respected leaders.
At an earlier than usual weekly press conference yesterday, brought forward to accommodate the decisive board meeting, Flynn had an obvious spring in his step.
He’s enjoying life back on the front line, and he’s already busy planning Rovers’ final push for an instant return to the Championship.
“There’s an old saying in football, possession is ninth tenths of the law,” said Flynn, before news of his appointment broke.
“And I’ve got it.
“It’s all about staking a claim, and that’s about winning games.
“I’m in the right place at the right time and that’s the way it happens in football.
“I was pleasantly surprised with how it went at Stevenage on Saturday.
“But Dean [Saunders], Brian [Carey] and Mal [Purchase] have left behind a particularly well drilled squad.
“It’s not often you get a chance to look after a team that is top of the league and in such good shape.
“I’ve been out of the front line of league management for eight years. Obviously I’ve been involved in the international set up with Wales in between then.
“But I’ve enjoyed the last two weeks. It’s been very good, and a huge difference for me because in my previous two jobs at Wrexham and Swansea I was fire-fighting.
“I could’ve applied for numerous jobs but nothing has excited me as much as this.”