Ambitious Exiles manager talks up Shrewsbury interest

Newport County boss Michael Flynn is seemingly delighted to be linked with Shrewsbury, using the speculation to declare a desire to manage in the Premier League.

The 38-year-old, who is contracted at Rodney Parade until 2020, has been heavily linked with a move to the New Meadow following the dismissal of John Askey.

He sensationally steered his home town club to safety in his first few months in charge, then led them to an impressive eleventh place finish in League Two last season.

He is currently fourth in the bookies odds to get the role, behind former Shrews boss Paul Hurst, Gary Bowyer and Wrexham boss Sam Ricketts.

Flynn admitted he doesn’t see himself at Newport in the distant future with comments that might concern their fans.

“It’s something that, as far as I know, is just speculation. Nobody has approached me,” he told local press. “It is flattering if you’re linked to a job at a higher level.”

“I’m not going to sit here and say I’m going to stay at Newport for the rest of my life,” admitted Flynn. “I want to manage in the Premier League. People might say I’m getting ahead of myself but if you don’t have plans and dreams then you’re probably in the wrong industry.”

Whether that route to the top flight goes via Salop remains to be seen.

Our View

Flynn is doing a grand job at Newport, but they have been wildly inconsistent this season despite signing some good players.

The Shrews took a punt on a manager from a lower level and it didn’t work out. It will be interesting to see if they’re willing to do the same again.

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