NEW manager Michael Flynn has vowed to bring stability to Newport County AFC and to give the fans a team to be proud of.
Flynn was confirmed last week as the club’s sixth permanent manager in two years after guiding the Exiles to safety with a final-day victory over Notts County.
After completing the Great Escape as caretaker manager he was appointed as Graham Westley’s full-time successor seven days ago.
And, after releasing eight players in his first day in the job, he tied down academy graduate Tom Owen-Evans on a new two-year deal late last week.
Flynn is in the process of talking to the remaining members of the squad he inherited from Westley in March before looking to add players of his own.
And he has a clear idea of what he wants to achieve at Rodney Parade in the 2017-2018 campaign.
“For next season I want to make Newport a stable League Two club,” he told the Gills In The Blood TV.
“I don’t want to be going through what the fans, the club and myself were going through in those last few weeks of the season where it was nerve-wracking and tense.
“We want to be improving year on year and that’s got to be the aim.
“We want to get up that League Two table and play a brand of football that the fans really enjoy coming out and seeing.
“I’ll try my best to give the Newport fans a team that they’re going to be proud of,” he added.
“My focus is on getting Newport up League Two and setting the foundations that we can really build on and make the club proud again.
“We’ve got a new pitch going down so the pitch issue is hopefully going to be one of the past and it’s something I’m looking forward to.”
Asked about his managerial influences, the former Gillingham midfielder said it was important to be your own man.
“You do pick up a lot from managers you played under over the years – some good things and some bad things, where you think ‘I wouldn’t do it that way’,” he said.
“But you’ve got to make sure you be stick to your own beliefs and be your own person because the players are not thick.
“They can see through you when you’re blagging or you don’t know what you’re on about so you’ve got to be true to yourself and be consistent in terms of the message that you’re giving them.
“I don’t want to give them any grey areas. You make things clear, make things simple and be consistent.
I’ve played under a lot of managers. They’ve all had their strengths and we all have our weaknesses but as long as I’m true to myself and my beliefs hopefully that will make me good enough to make a successful career as a manager.”