The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Luke Baker

NEW­PORT County are bat­tling for their EFL sta­tus and they have the back­ing of at least one leg­end in their fight – Thierry Henry.

The Ex­iles’ care­taker boss Michael Flynn did his coaching badges along­side Henry at Dragon Park in New­port and the two have stayed in touch.

Af­ter the 1-0 mid­week vic­tory at More­cambe, which lifted the Welsh side to 23rd in League Two, Flynn re­ceived a con­grat­u­la­tory text from the man who banged in 175 Premier League goals for Arse­nal.

And the 36-year-old ad­mits the mes­sage cer­tainly perked him up.

“I woke up on Wed­nes­day morn­ing to a text off Thierry, which was sur­real,” said Flynn. “He said he was re­ally pleased for me, what a great result it was and, if I need any­thing, just to ask be­cause he’s al­ways there for ad­vice.

“It was un­be­liev­able and some­thing that def­i­nitely made me smile a bit more when I had my lit­tle boy smack­ing me round the head at 6.30 af­ter get­ting in at 4am!

“Thierry’s one of my heroes in the game. He’s just pure class and he’s like that off the pitch as well.

“I’ve been for­tu­nate to learn off peo­ple like him, Pa­trick Vieira, David Gi­nola and Sol Camp­bell while do­ing the course.”

New­port could cer­tainly do with Henry’s goals in their bat­tle against the drop, and Flynn ad­mits he did try to con­vince the 39year-old to come out of re­tire­ment and head to Rod­ney Pa­rade.

“I said ‘can you put your boots back on?’ In the same sen­tence, I asked if it was OK to call him in the week,” explained Flynn.

“He texted back ‘yes’ and then must have re­alised what he had put, be­cause straight away he sent an­other text back say­ing yes to the call in the week!

“The sup­port­ers have been through enough, I’m not get­ting their hopes up that Thierry is com­ing!”

SUP­PORT: Thierry Henry

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