MICHAEL FLYNN FACTFILE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

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.

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