Who next? We look at two possible candidates for the Lincoln City manager’s role

Michael Flynn


Flynn is perhaps a name fans won’t be as familiar with, but in his time with Newport County he’s proven to be an adept manager with an astute transfer record and some great cup runs.

When he took over at Newport they were on their arses; they were adrift at the bottom of the League Two table and in serious danger of dropping into the National League. He turned them around quickly, saving them from relegation. Over the next two years, whilst sharing a division with us, they improved dramatically. He made the League Two play-offs last season, knocking out Mansfield Town before falling in the final to Tranmere.

They’ve had some great cup runs under Flynn as well; they’ve beating Leeds, Leicester and Middlesbrough under his management, as well as holding Spurs to a draw. He currently has a win ratio of 41.7%, a decent figure and only marginally worse than Danny’s 53%. His Newport side are currently second in the League Two table, unbeaten after seven matches. This is a guy on the up.

As a player, he appeared for Blackpool, Gillingham, Bradford and Hudders-effing-field.

He likes to switch between a 4-3-3 and a 4-3-1-2. The latter might be an issue, especially when you consider the ‘1’ behind the front two is Amond. Flynn likes to attack, he likes to have attacking players in his side and if he were tempted out of South Wales, it would mean a change of position for at least one of our players; could Bruno find himself through the centre?

Right now, Flynn and Ainsworth are the only two managers I think could come into the club and do a job; one has a record as a player which would afford him some time but a source in the respected media has told me that our board are quite keen on seeing Flynn in the dugout at City before too long.


  1. I’m pretty much in agreement with this. Avoid those on the material merry go round at all costs. The only other name I would throw into the mix is if…… and it is an if….. Stoke decide they want to move on from Nathan Jones.

  2. Think I can can guess who might be on the thanks/NO THANKS thing you do when we next play Huddersfield 😪

  3. My preference would be Michael Flynn as I don’t think we will be able to tempt Gareth away.
    Phil Parkinson has to also be a reasonable shout if we can’t get Gareth or Flynn

  4. Cant believe for a minute that Ainsworth would leave Wycombe with what he has built there. Not sure Flynn would want to come either, but agree they are the right profile. Need experience, but not a regular in the ‘sack race’.

  5. It is one thing taking a punt whilst in National League with the likes of the Cowleys …but we are in League One, a far different proposition. Nigel Adkins is a good man I am told but more importantly he is a quieter more circumspect individual who has considerable experience all the way up to the Premiership. It may be a mistake to go for a like for like personality. Adkins would be my choice. My guess is though that Clive will go for someone not quoted so far in Bookies lists!

  6. Flynn and Ainsworth only ones who could come in and do a job??? Don’t be in no doubt there are some very good people out there and much more qualified than the Cowleys and indeed the two you argue for!

  7. Gareth would be great, and cool to boot, crops up on 6 Music round table. But he’s got more of a budget this year and can’t see it happening.

    I think we’ll all be surprised, I can see young, ambitious and forward thinking no 2 from a Premiership or Championship club looking for a step into the manager’s role, Leroy Rosenior for example.

  8. This is all idealistic talk and asking long term loyal managers to move sideways.
    What about this week?
    Would Freck be a capable interim manager, with a remit to establish himself. Shacks might join the training staff in Jone 20

  9. We have come a long way. As much as I love him on comms, Steve Thompson used to be put in the ring as a semi serious consideration and I think was in for it at the same time as the Cowleys.

  10. Would we look at Ainsworth other than the fact he played here for two years? He played well but he is no more Lincoln through and through than Ben Fulcher. And in his 7 years of management he has one promotion in third place to his CV. When DC came they had something like 5 promotions and consistent play off success. And they were new and on the rise. I have nothing against Ainsworth but he is no better than Mark Robins or Nigel Adkins just to throw names out there. It is just that nonsense about an ex player being favoured. I hope Clive can do better than that.

      • I don’t want to constantly be critical but if Ainsworth had never been at Lincoln would he still be the very best of the best out there from League one and down you could get? When Danny came to us he had 6 promotions on his CV and proven success. As a full time manager Ainsworth has since 12/13 has 15th League 2, 22nd (avoided relegation on the final day), 4th (lost in the final), 13th, 9th, 3rd, 17th League one. Not saying it is awful as there is a playoff and promotion there. But there has to be better out there surely? I am just one of those people who hates this stuff about an ex player being the best. It has to be about their methods and we are already saying Ainsworth will change his style which we don’t for others.

  11. Spot on about Adkins Gary, lost it completely. Ainsworth would never leave Wycombe to come here, and appears Mrs Flynn doesn’t want to leave Wales. So who’s next in line?

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