The number one candidate: Michael Flynn analysed

Betting markets are not always a good indication of who is likely to get a job, but if they were then Michael Flynn would be saying his goodbyes to Newport staff round about now, just as Danny Cowley did a week ago.

The Newport manager has clearly moved ahead in the bookies’ latest odds, making him the number one candidate. As the number three candidate is the former Worksop manager Craig Denton, it really does look like a two-horse race.

With some speculation suggesting that Gareth Ainsworth’s frank admission he’d be interested in a move nothing more than an indication to Wycombe fans to vote for further investment, it would seem that 38-year-old Flynn is likely to be the next manager of Lincoln City.

He has spoken about the role today, saying; “It’s always flattering (to be linked with other jobs), and it does show that you’re doing things right.

“I’ve sat here many times and just got on with what I needed to do. I think I’ve always been professional in the way I’ve handled it, and it has never affected the players. You’ve got to do things right, and until I’m told anything different, I’ll be doing my best for Newport County.

“Every time there’s a vacancy this comes up, but I can’t do anything about it. I’m just concentrating on doing my job and it’s not a bad job we’re doing, so I’m really focused on getting the points.”

Newport have also said there has been no approach, but that doesn’t mean that the wheels aren’t in motion. An approach, an official approach, might only come at the end of a process if all parties are knowing what is happening. We know full well a denial right now can mean little in 72 hours time.

If we did go for Michael Flynn, what are we likely to get? We look briefly at his achievements, playing career, tactical approach and transfer market movements in our latest piece covering the ongoing manager hunt at the Bank.

Courtesy Graham Burrell

Playing Career

Flynn had a modest career as a midfielder, packing plenty of Football League experience in despite not winning a lot of trophies. He began his career with Newport and played for Barry Town before Wigan Athletic picked him up in 2002. His spell at Barry saw him scoring lots of goals from midfield, including one in the Champions League against Porto, then managed by Jose Mourinho.

His time at Wigan was spent mostly on the bench, but a stint with Gillingham brought plenty of first team football. He later played for Blackpool, Huddersfield and Bradford before returning to Newport to wind down his career. Whilst there, Terry Butcher binned him off both as a player and a youth team coach, but when the former England man left, he came back to the club as a player, taking over as caretaker manager with the club.

At that point, they were 11 points adrift of safety and it was March 9th. Nathan Blake, a former non-executive director of the Exiles, said at the time; “I predicted Michael Flynn would end up being manager and coming in at a time where he probably takes County down and out of the Football League.

“There is probably not a lot Michael can do, other than rally the troops.”

Next Page – Career, Transfers and Tactics


  1. Poor old Akinde can’t even survive an article about a manager…

    I like Flynn a lot. My extra thing from those you have detailed here is that he nearly set up as an estate agent. He has experience of work outside of football and that to me always seems to help in management. Some different ideas. Similar to the Cowleys, but also understanding other areas of people management.

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