Flynn: Plans afoot for academy

NEWPORT County AFC's new development coach Mike Flynn today outlines the plans for the future as he begins his spell trying to shape the next breed of Exile.

The 33-year old will combine his duties as a first team player with coaching County's academy following discussions with manager Justin Edinburgh.

Flynn, a veteran of over 400 games in the Football League, had been set to leave Newport this summer, but will now work six days a week with player development his new focus.

Flynn has already met with Newport's first and second year scholars and has outlined a vision for the future including:

A) All youth sides playing a universal system of 4-3-3 to encourage them to be comfortable on the ball

B) Moving the education day for the scholars to Thursday's so Flynn can train them on his day off every Wednesday

C) Furthering relations with Dragon Park

D) Arranging high profile friendly matches for the scholars, including contests with Benfica and the Republic of Ireland youth side

E) Running the U21 development side, which Justin Edinburgh or Jimmy Dack will watch play each week

F) Ensuring the youth teams train at the same time as the first team, at County's new training base, in order to inspire the "future of Newport County"

G) Guaranteeing that two or three youth players per week will train with the first team, as a reward for good performances

H) Creating links with Cardiff Met University to provide opportunities for players who don't make the grade

An excited Flynn, who rejoined his teammates yesterday as Newport returned for pre-season, is hoping he can make youth development the next chapter of his career.

"It's a great turnaround for me, to go from having no role at Newport to two, as a player and a coach and it's an unbelievable opportunity for me," he said.

"I want to spend another two or three years playing football, but hopefully another 20 or 30 years in want to be involved in the game, so this is the start of that phase as well.

"I am really looking forward to working alongside Danny Elliott and Kevin Waterhouse and I've already met the scholars and told them what we expect.

"I'll be fair with every one of them and all we ask is that they work hard and seize any chance we can give them.

"We can't monitor the players 24/7, but we have outlined our ideas for the future and hopefully they embrace them.

"The boys will be training every day 20 yards from the first team, the only think separating them will be a fence between the pitches at the school.

"That's good for a couple of reasons.

"Firstly, it should inspire the boys. They should always be thinking 'I want to be the other side of the fence' and the best performing ones, will be.

"Secondly, I'll always be watching. Even if I'm training with the first team, I will be able to keep an eye on them."

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