The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Baker


FOR­MER New­port County mid­fielder Lee Min­shull is back­ing ex-team­mate Michael Flynn to shine as the club’s care­taker man­ager.

On Thurs­day, 36-year-old mid­fielder Flynn was an­nounced as New­port’s in­terim boss fol­low­ing the sack­ing of Gra­ham Westley after just five months in charge.

Flynn has a chal­lenge on his hands, with New­port rock-bot­tom of League Two and ar­riv­ing at Crewe yes­ter­day 11 points from safety.

But Min­shull – who be­came a fans’ favourite fol­low­ing three years at Rod­ney Pa­rade from 20122015 and who lined up along­side Flynn in the 2013 Con­fer­ence play-off fi­nal win over Wrex­ham – is adamant he is the right man for the job.

“I think he (Flynn) will bring pride to the role,” said Min­shull, now on Brom­ley’s books.

“He has ob­vi­ously got that lo­cal link and that is a great starting point to have.

“He has had a great ca­reer and peo­ple look up to him. I know the lads did when I was there.

“This is a great op­por­tu­nity for Flynny and I can see no rea­son why he can’t do well in the job.

“He’ll be re­ally proud to do it and will give the club ev­ery chance of stay­ing up. I know he is go­ing to en­joy it.”

Re­act­ing fur­ther to the re­cent de­vel­op­ments at his old em­ploy­ers, Min­shull added: “It’s a shame be­cause I re­ally thought Gra­ham Westley would get them out of the sit­u­a­tion they were in.

“It gives me no plea­sure what­so­ever to see a for­mer club in the rel­e­ga­tion zone,

“I have fond mem­o­ries of my time at the club and I’ve still got friends there.

“They have fought hard to be where they are, but on the flip side the club has been through worse and come out the other side.”

PROUD: Michael Flynn

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