This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Reports came out this morning that Newport County manager Michael Flynn could leave the club after this weekend’s fixture.
Flynn has done a terrific job with County in recent years rescuing them from relegation to non-league and reaching the League Two play-off final in 2018/19 and 2020/21.
The Exiles have fallen on the harsh side of some refereeing decisions in both final extra time defeats to Tranmere Rovers and Morecambe with speculation over Flynn’s future fueled by the remarkable job he has done at Valley Parade.
With Josh Sheehan, Tom King, Liam Shephard and Joss Labadie all moving on this summer building another promotion push was always going to be a tough ask but Flynn would leave County still in a strong position, just three points off of the play-offs going into this weekend’s action.
With the rumour mill preparing to run wild over the coming weeks should Flynn’s exit be confirmed , here, we are taking the temperature of a selection of FLW writers on where they believe the 40-year-old could end up and who could go on to replace him at Newport County…
Michael Flynn has already proven his mettle as a manager at League Two level during his time at Newport and there’s no question that despite his rocky start to the new campaign, he’s still a talented coach.
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He should be more than capable of bagging himself a good job elsewhere. You could only see him getting another post at a higher end fourth tier side or – and I wouldn’t be surprised – moving up a division and leaving his former side behind in League Two.
A currently struggling third tier side would do well to land Flynn (like Charlton Athletic or Ipswich Town if they decided to part ways with their own boss).
Newport themselves will want to kick on, so appointing a manager with experience of a higher level might be beneficial in terms of getting there compared to promoting from within. I heard Paul Lambert is free…
With Flynn set to make a shock exit from Newport, it will be intriguing to see who will be drafted in as his replacement.
One of the individuals who the Welsh side should be targeting is Paul Tisdale as the 48-year-old possesses a wealth of experience when it comes to working at this level.
Whilst Tisdale was unable to transform Bristol Rovers’ fortunes during his time at the club, he did guide Milton Keynes Dons to promotion in 2019.
When you consider that Newport will be aiming to reach the third-tier in the not-too-distant future, Tisdale could potentially be the perfect fit and thus the League Two outfit ought to consider approaching him over the vacancy.
Michael Flynn has done a good job with Newport County, and whilst they have struggled for consistency early on in this campaign, he has progressed them.
Flynn should be eyeing a job in the higher division, or a job in the same division with a side who have promotion ambitions.
In the higher division, he will be able to set up a side to stop the rot, and that could be a boost for a team like Doncaster Rovers.
In the fourth-tier, he could be closely monitoring Joey Barton’s situation at Bristol Rovers, although, the former Fleetwood Town boss could be afforded more time.
Boreham Wood’s Luke Garrard could be a potential replacement. He is a young, progressive manager who has enjoyed excellent success with young players.