From being kicked out of Newport County’s academy as a youngster… To becoming their manager. Michael Flynn has the perfect opportunity to create the greatest escape & keep his hometown, Newport County in League 2.
After the sacking of Graham Westley on March 9th, Michael Flynn was handed the job as manager until the end of the season. The majority (if not all) County fans were extremely delighted at this decision. Why wouldn’t they be? Michael Flynn has been County’s assistant coach since the start of the season under Warren Feeney & Graham Westley. He has seen a lot of what to do & what not to do between the pair of them. But that’s not all, Flynn was born & raised in Newport and has an extreme passion for the club. He was a part of their promotion winning squad back in 2013 when they were promoted to the Football League.
Flynn’s first game in charge with The Exiles was an away day to Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road. The game that was the literal definition of “A game of two halves.” Newport took home all 3 points with an 89th minute winner from captain Joss Labadie for his 3rd goal of the season. There were emphatic scenes from the travelling County fans at full time as they celebrated coming from behind to win 1-2. From that victory, the slim hopes of survival were looking up for the first time in a while…
Next, Michael Flynn’s second game was on a cold Tuesday night and it was a 448 mile round trip for County as they played Morecambe away at the Globe Arena. With their heads held high from the Crewe match, County were heading into this one feeling full of confidence. With their determination and confidence – they fought hard for the full 90 minutes and were rewarded with the whole 3 points. It was a real end to end nail biter but in the end, it was Newport who came out on top. Swansea loanee Alex Samuel was brought down in the box after an impressive run which gave County the penalty. Ryan Bird stepped up to the spot and fired home the winner and for his 5th goal in 10 games.
Flynn’s third game will be against play-off chasing Blackpool. It will also be his first Home game in charge at Newport.With the County fans hopes being high for the first time in a while this season, a third win in a row will be something special and quite frankly remarkable for them.
By Dylan Scarborough ( @Scaarbs )