Newport County: Boss Mike Flynn wants to ‘finish’ survival job

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Newport County caretaker Mike Flynn is determined to “finish the job” and keep the club in the Football League.
Newport County’ 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley lifted them out of the relegation zone for the first time since November 2016.
They were 11 points adrift of safety when Flynn took over in March and have won six of their 10 matches since.
Ryan Bird’s goal lifted Newport two points clear of Hartlepool who lost 2-0 at home to Barnet and they could secure Football League football for another season if they win at Carlisle on 29 April.
A week later the Newport County face Notts County at home in their final game of the season.
Hartlepool have matches at Cheltenham and at home to tp of the league Doncaster Rovers to come.

Flynn said “I want to finish the job. Getting this close now and not doing it would be heartbreaking for me and the club.
“It’s a great three points and I’m over the moon,
“If fingers are crossed and lady luck smiles on us we could be safe, but all we can do is take care of what we can look after and we’ll see what happens at five o’clock next week.”

He also played down the fact that his record since taking over could lead to a permanent position as manager.

“It’s a good record, but there’s nothing achieved yet,” he said.
“It’s not about Michael Flynn it’s about keeping Newport County in the Football League and we’ll worry about people’s views after that.
“It has been a great turnaround and the boys have been fantastic. Again today, their work rate, their application and togetherness was everything that we’ve asked for.
“I would have wanted a few more goals because I’m going greyer by the minute but I’ll take another couple of 1-0 wins before the end of the season, definitely.”

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On their return to the Football League in the 2013–14 season Newport County finished a creditable 14th in League Two. On 7 February 2015, with Newport County in sixth place in League Two, it was confirmed that Justin Edinburgh had been appointed manager at Gillingham. Jimmy Dack stepped up from assistant manager at Newport County to caretaker manager and was later appointed manager until the end of the 2014–15 season. On 29 April Dack stated he had been offered the manager’s job beyond the end of the season but he had decided he would move on after the final game Newport finished the 2014–15 season in ninth place in League Two. Terry Butcher was appointed team manager on 30 April 2015 On 18 June 2015 Les Scadding resigned as Newport County chairman and director.

On 1 October 2015 Newport County Supporters’ Trust took over ownership of the club. Butcher was sacked on the same day, with Newport bottom of League Two after gaining just five points from the first 10 matches of the 2015–16 season. John Sheridan was appointed team manager on 2 October 2015 until the end of the 2015–16 season and results improved. Sheridan resigned on 13 January 2016 after just 14 league games to take up the manager’s job at Oldham Athletic. Assistant manager Warren Feeney was promoted to team manager on 15 January 2016 with Andy Todd appointed as his assistant. On the 18 January 2016 County lost 2–1 to Championship team Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup; the first time Newport had reached the third round of the cup since 1986. A good start saw Feeney gain 21 points from his first 12 games but results then worsened. Newport finished the season in 22nd place in League Two, avoiding relegation. Feeney and Todd were sacked by Newport on 28 September 2016 with Newport County bottom of League Two having gained just six points from their first nine matches of the 2016–17 season. First team coach Sean McCarthy and goalkeeping player/coach James Bittner were appointed joint caretaker managers.

Effective from 10 October 2016 Graham Westley was appointed team manager with Dino Maamria his assistant and Mccarthy released by the club. On the 9 March 2017 Westley and Maamria were sacked with Newport 11 points adrift at the bottom of League Two. First team coach Mike Flynn was appointed caretaker manager until the end of the 2016-17 season. Wayne Hatswell returned to the club as assistant manager to Flynn.

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