MICHAEL FLYNN FACTFILE
Born: Newport, 1980 (Age 36) Playing career: An attacking midfielder, Flynn made his debut for Newport in 1999, playing 20 times for the Exiles before joining Barry Town in 2000. He scored 40 goals in two seasons in the League of Wales and subsequently moved to Wigan in 2002. Though rarely a starter at the JJB, Flynn scored three goals in 46 appearances and was part of the side that won the Division Two title in 2002-03. He left for Gillingham in February 2005, suffering relegation from the Championship in his first season. However, he was a big hit at Priestfield, scoring 19 goals in 97 matches before joining Blackpool in 2007. After a solid season at Bloomfield Road, and another at Huddersfield, Flynn moved to Bradford City in 2009. Player of the year in his first season, he scored ten goals in 91 matches, then rejoined Newport in 2012. Flynn was near ever-present as the Exiles won promotion from the Conference in 2012-13. He retired in 2015 after 82 games for Newport. Managerial career: Named academy director at Newport in 2014, he worked in various roles at the club and was first-team coach under John Sheridan, Warren Feeney and Graham Westley even coming out of retirement to play five games. Throughout this period, he has also played for and managed Welsh part-time side Undy Athletic and acted as an ambassador for the supporters’ trust. Flynn was named caretakermanager of Newport on March 9.