Mates with Thierry Henry and scoring in the Champions League - things you may not know about Michael Flynn

News: Mates with Thierry Henry and scoring in the Champions League – things you may not know about Michael Flynn

Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…

Newport County manager Michael Flynn is among the favourites to succeed Danny Cowley as Lincoln City manager.

Newport-born Flynn has done a remarkable job at his local club since succeeding Graham Westley towards the end of the 2016/17, with the Exiles facing relegation back to non-league.

Against the odds, he kept them up before turning them into a real force, both in the league and in cup competitions.

He had guided Newport to the fourth and fifth rounds of the FA Cup in recent years, beating Leeds United, Leicester City and Middesbrough, as well as taking Tottenham to a replay.

Last season, he defied one of the smallest budgets in the Football League to take County to the League Two play-off at Wembley, where they were beaten by Tranmere Rovers.

Here are some things you may not know about the man who could be the next Imps boss.

Read More

Hunt for new Lincoln City manager

Mates with Thierry Henry

The pair met on coaching course run by the Football Association of Wales and have become friends.

After Flynn saved Newport from relegation in 2017, Henry told BBC Wales Sport: “Michael Flynn is the big man. He made the impossible, possible.

“I didn’t think it could be done, even though I wished Mike luck I thought ‘that is going to be a difficult one’.

“The situation they were in and yet he made it happen. I don’t care what division you are in, it is a remarkable, remarkable achievement.

“He did it his way, he is close to the club and good people deserve what they get.

“The guys responded to him as well, it is amazing, 11 points adrift, 12 games to go, amazing.

“He couldn’t sign any players and that is why it is magical, he had to make his guys go on a mission.

“A good general needs soldiers. His challenge was to stay up and he did, which is still unbelievable for me. Now the club need to build from that.”

Michael Flynn
Michael Flynn
(Image: Andrew Vaughan/CameraSport)

Playing career

Flynn, a midfielder, began his playing career with Newport, moving on to Barry Town before a brief spell back at Newport.

Then then made the jump to English football, playing for Wigan, Blackpool, Gillingham, Huddersfield, Darlington and Bradford before returning to Wales with Newport.

He’s played – and scored – against European giants

Flynn was at Barry when they took on Portuguese giants Porto, then managed by Jose Mourinho, in the qualifying stages of the Champions League in 2001.

Barry were thumped 8-0 in the first leg but restored some pride by winning the second leg 3-1 – and Flynn was among the scorers.

Michael Flynn
Michael Flynn
(Image: Chris Vaughan/CameraSport)

He almost became an estate agent

Flynn was axed as a player and then academy by then Newport boss Terry Butcher, the former England captain, in 2015.

He was appointed player-coach at Welsh League side Undy Athletic and planned to split his time between football and working as an estate agent.

But he was back at Rodney Parade within months when, after a fans-led takeover at the club, he was appointed as a coach by manager John Sheridan.

When Sheridan was replaced at the helm by Warren Feeney, Flynn was dropped from the first-team coaching staff, but returned when Westley was appointed in 2016.

His wife didn’t want him to take the job

Flynn took the top job at Newport after Westley left the club in March 2017, even though his wife wasn’t keen.

He said: “We had to live around the city. She really thought it was potentially a mistake to take the job, but I wanted to restore some pride.”

Michael Flynn
Michael Flynn
(Image: Chris Vaughan/CameraSport)

Cup runs cleared Newport debts

Like the Cowleys, Flynn has been a cup specialist in recent seasons.

The money made from Newport’s recent lengthy runs in the FA Cup was vital to the club.

Speaking in an interview ahead of the Exiles’ Carabao Cup with West Ham last month, Flynn said: “It’s massive. It’s a big breadline for the club in the last few years. It has allowed us to move forward and try to make some plans to improve the club.

“If we had not had the cup runs we would have been in a lot of trouble financially. The first one against Spurs cleared any lingering debts. Last year gave us profit and money in the bank.

“I want to try and get us out of this league, but it’s going to be tough. We have to try whatever we can to bring income into the club.”

 



Source by [author_name]

Previous Post
Pedestrians rush in after man is seen with gun on residential street, sparking armed police response
News

News: Man charged after armed police rush to incident near Lincoln

Next Post
Murder inquiry launched as body of 26-year-old man is found in Lincoln
News

News: Live updates as police cordon off part of Skegness seafront

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Site Hosted and Maintained by HostBanquet - Lincolnshires Own Hosting Provider

This site is sponsored by HostBanquet - Lincolnshire's own web hosting professionals and CommonSenSEO - Lincolnshire's premier SEO company for website ranking.