Newport boss Flynn in WhatsApp group with Henry, Arteta and Ljungberg

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Newport boss Michael Flynn in WhatsApp group with Thierry Henry, Mikel Arteta and Freddie Ljungberg after studying for coaching badges

  • Michael Flynn studied for his coaching badges with several ex-players
  • He is still in contact with Thierry Henry, Mikel Arteta and Freddie Ljungberg
  • Newport boss will lead his side into League Two play-off final against Tranmere 
  • Arteta believes Flynn has the potential to manage at the top level of the game 

Newport County boss Michael Flynn has been backed to reach the upper echelons of the game by Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta – who also revealed they stay in touch through a WhatsApp group with Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg.

The former Premier League stars complete their UEFA Continental Pro Licence alongside Flynn, who will lead his side into the League Two play-off final against Tranmere at Wembley.

Arteta remains thoroughly impressed by the 38-year-old Welshman, as does Pep Guardiola after Newport ran his Manchester City side close in a 4-1 FA Cup fifth round defeat back in February. 

Newport County boss Michael Flynn was tipped to manage a big club by Mikel Arteta

Newport County boss Michael Flynn was tipped to manage a big club by Mikel Arteta

Arteta told The Sun: ‘What Michael shows above everything is that he is a true leader. All the great managers have that quality and it is what makes the different to the rest. We see it, of course, in somebody like Pep, but it is also there in Michael.

‘It does not matter at what level you coach and manager. What matters is that you inspire your players to improve.

‘You show them understanding and humanity and it is these qualities, just as much as the ability to coach, that tells me Michael will one day be manager at a big club.’ 

Arteta, now assistant to Pep Guardiola, was impressed by Flynn when they studied together

Arteta, now assistant to Pep Guardiola, was impressed by Flynn when they studied together

Thierry Henry also studied on the same course and praised Flynn’s role in Newport’s Great Escape in 2017, adding: ‘Michael Flynn is the big man. The situation they were in and yet he made it happen.

‘I don’t care what division you are in, that was a remarkable, remarkable achievement.’

Even if Newport fall at the last, Flynn may be on the move with Championship side Swansea considering him for their vacant manager’s position after the departure of Graham Potter to Brighton.

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