NEWPORT County have quashed speculation linking boss Michael Flynn with the vacant managerial position at Lincoln City, saying there has been no contact from the League One club.

Flynn became the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Danny Cowley a few days ago, but his odds have drifted and Wycombe Wanderers chief Gareth Ainsworth is now the frontrunner.

Flynn’s Exiles travel to Northampton Town in League Two tomorrow and the Exile supremo was keen to focus on that assignment at this morning’s press conference.

And while flattered to be linked with another top job at a club higher up the football ladder, he confirmed there had been no approach from Lincoln.

When asked if Lincoln had made an approach for him, he said: “As far as I know, no. All I’m concentrating on is Northampton.”

He added: “It’s always flattering (to be linked with other jobs), and it does show that you’re doing things right.

“I’ve sat here many times and just got on with what I needed to do. I think I’ve always been professional in the way I’ve handled it, and it has never affected the players.

“You’ve got to do things right, and until I’m told anything different, I’ll be doing my best for Newport County.

“Every time there’s a vacancy this comes up, but I can’t do anything about it.

“I’m just concentrating on doing my job and it’s not a bad job we’re doing, so I’m really focused on getting the points (at Northampton).

“It just goes to show what a good job the players are doing, not just myself and the staff. They deserve a lot of credit for that.

“The way they’ve started the season has been fantastic.

“We’ve got a tough couple of games coming up now. We’ll give it our best shot and try and get the three points, and then worry about Macclesfield (next Tuesday).”

After keeping County in the Football League two years ago, masterminding some famous FA Cup scalps and taking his team to last season’s League Two play-off final, Flynn has overseen a superb start to the new term.

Newport remain unbeaten after seven matches and three points at the PTS Academy Stadium tomorrow afternoon could move them to the top of the table.

The standout feature of the side’s undefeated run is their defensive record, with clean sheets in all bar one of their league fixtures to date.

“The core values we get across are always the same,” said Flynn. “If you don’t keep a clean sheet it makes it a lot harder to win a match.

“The boys have been excellent, but it’s not just the defenders and goalkeeper, it comes from the midfielders and strikers, and also the boys who come off the bench because they’ve got a big part to play.”

Northampton were the last team to beat County in a regular-season League Two game, substitute Joe Powell grabbing a stunning long-range winner in a 1-0 Cobblers victory in March.

“I remember it was a great strike from Joe Powell, who just played against us for West Ham,” added Flynn. “I didn’t think we were going to get into the play-offs after that.

“I thought that was probably the nail in the coffin because we were 10 points behind Colchester at the time.

“We’ve responded well since then and broken some records.”

He continued: “I’m expecting a very tough game at Northampton.

“Funnily enough, when we were out in Spain doing our pre-season work, they were at the same place.

“I spoke to Keith (Curle, Cobblers boss) and he watched a bit of our game before they went off to train. I could see they had a strong squad then.

“They’ve probably started a little bit slower than what they would have expected.

“They’ve had a big overhaul and got some really good players, but once they gel and click, I’m sure they will be a force in this league.”