Michael Flynn, 40, has transformed Newport County from relegation battlers to title contenders all in just three seasons. The Exiles are currently top of the League Two table and are unbeaten in six league games. The team are flying under the Newport native Michael Flynn and there is a genuine feel-good factor about the club.
League Two Leaders Newport County Enjoying Magnificent Run With Manager Michael Flynn
Michael Flynn Wins October Manager of the Month
Flynn, born and raised in Newport, is creating an ethos within Newport County that revolves around ‘togetherness’. Flynn insists the award is not a personal achievement but rather a reflection of a team effort. Speaking on Newport’s YouTube channel, Flynn highlighted the importance of teamwork:
“It’s a reward for all of the players and the staff because I couldn’t do it all on my own. It’s a good appreciation and shows the togetherness that we’ve got.”
Additionally, Flynn has instilled an attractive style of football. Focusing on possession, Flynn’s team dominate their opponents with superb passing ability and movement in the final third. The statistics also highlight teamwork is key as the goals are evenly distributed across the team. Scott Twine, Padraig Armond, and Tristan Abrahams have all scored three goals apiece.
After the previous season ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Flynn devised a new style of play. This change was the switch to possession-based football and it is paying off.
This relentless passing style is coupled with a desire to win every game and play until the last minute, as Michael Flynn states:
“We’ve installed belief into the players and our philosophy is to keep going until the end. We never know when we’re beaten, but I think the manner in which we’re playing has been fantastic. We’re creating a lot of goalscoring opportunities and dominating possession now, which is very pleasing to say because we’re doing it our way.”
Can Newport County Become League Champions Under Michael Flynn?
Whilst Newport County are top, for now, you cannot disregard the other teams that are in the mix. Cambridge United, Cheltenham Town, and more are all within a few points of Newport County. However, there can be no doubt that Newport are capable of beating anyone in League Two and, under Michael Flynn, will never give up.
It will be a season to remember for Exile fans, that’s for sure.
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