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The Lincoln City board are on the hunt to fill the huge void left by manager Danny Cowley after he made the move to Huddersfield Town, with Newport County manager Michael Flynn understood to be the Imps’ first-choice, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
Flynn, 38, has impressed as Newport manager taking over on a caretaker basis in March 2017 and ensuring they avoided relegation that season, before getting the job on a permanent basis that summer ultimately guiding Newport to the League Two play-off final during the 2018-19 season.
So with Newport currently sitting second in League Two, would Flynn be a good choice for the top-job at Lincoln?
“It’d be a very good appointment. The job he’s done at Newport is strong they’re second right now but they’ve been on the right trajectory ever since he took over.
“Saving them from the drop was a big deal; bigger than many might give him credit for. To turn them around and put them in the top two right now is a huge achievement, on a tighter budget than his rivals too.
“He doesn’t have any League One experience, that might be interesting, but he’s clearly a good tactician and a man manager. There are good people left at Lincoln, senior professionals with the right attitudes and a good coaching staff, so he’d be well supporter.
“He’s some fans first choice, others would have him after Gareth Ainsworth, but few would doubt his ability to pick up where Danny Cowley left off.”
“I think Flynn would be most Lincoln fans’ choices to become their next manager.
“He has done an incredible job at Newport – he saved them from almost inevitable relegation in the 2016/17 campaign, and the Exiles have gone from strength to strength since.
“Their togetherness and team spirit was portrayed when reaching the play-off final last term, and they have also started this season off in impressive style too.
“He doesn’t have too much of a budget at Newport which shows just how good of a job he has done, and he would be an almost like-for-like replacement to Cowley.”
“They could do a lot worse. Flynn would be a very solid appointment and I think the move would work quite well for both manager and the club.
“Lincoln would continue to play a similar style and Flynn knows the requirements to dig out wins.
“A lot like the Cowleys, he’s enjoyed a couple of cup upsets and knows how to get his side up for an occasion. It would be a good appointment in my eyes.”