Michael Flynn: Newport boss staying despite Lincoln talks

By Rob PhillipsBBC Sport Wales football correspondent
Michael Flynn
Michael Flynn succeeded Graham Westley as Newport boss

Newport County manager Michael Flynn is set to stay with the Exiles despite having talks over the vacant Lincoln City job.

The County boss is set to remain at Rodney Parade as the Imps continue to seek a successor to Danny Cowley.

Flynn had said it was "flattering" to be linked with the League One club.

Flynn, 38, has been linked with several roles having taken Newport from almost certain relegation to the play-off final in two seasons.

"There was an approach over the weekend, the club gave me permission to speak to them, I spoke to them and I made the decision that I've got a job to do here and that was that," Flynn said after their 1-1 draw at Macclesfield on Tuesday evening.

"It's always flattering that you're wanted by people because it goes to show you're doing a good job and I think you've seen the players' reaction tonight that they're comfortable with the decision I've made.

"Newport is a special football club, it's been through hell and back, and... they're a special group of fans."

Flynn took over at Newport in March 2017 and led the club to League Two safety, having been 11 points adrift of safety when he assumed command.

The Exiles confirmed they did receive an approach for Flynn "from another EFL club".

"Following considerable media speculation, Newport County AFC can today confirm the club received an approach in recent days from another EFL club for the services of manager Michael Flynn," they wrote.

"The Exiles board gave permission for Michael to speak to the other club. Michael has informed the board that those talks are at an end and he remains committed to, and fully focused on, continuing his role as manager of Newport County AFC."

Danny and Nicky Cowley
Danny and Nicky Cowley have left Lincoln City for Huddersfield Town

Last season, Newport lost in the League Two play-off final to Tranmere Rovers and Flynn has also overseen lucrative FA Cup runs.

"He has done very well since he has come in," midfielder Scot Bennett said.

"So it's only right he is going to have other clubs looking at him. As players, we go out and do our jobs. If he is here, he is here, if he is not, we still do the same.

"We all want him to stay and I am not sure what's going on or what has happened, if anything has happened or he has been linked with it. But as players we will go out and perform."

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