NEWPORT County AFC legend Michael Flynn said he received abusive comments about his wife and claimed stones were thrown at the Walsall dugout on his return to Rodney Parade.

Flynn enjoyed a happy return to Rodney Parade after his Saddlers side won 1-0 in League Two, with the manager admitted they got lucky.

The 41-year-old from Pill and his assistant Wayne Hatswell were given a warm reception by the majority of the crowd after his four-year spell at the helm that started with the Great Escape from relegation and featured a number of lucrative cup runs and a pair of agonising play-off final defeats.

However, Flynn revealed after the game that he had received abuse from individuals behind the dugouts.

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“I had some very unsavoury comments talking about my wife which I thought was a disgrace after everything I have done for this football club,” he said.

“To call my wife those things, and I am not even going to repeat it, it was an absolute disgrace.

“I don't mind the usual banter as they say, but to be abusing my wife in the crowd was absolutely disgusting, it probably makes the win a bit sweeter after those comments.

“They overstepped the mark, it just shows what lowlife they are really, if they think that's acceptable.

“I don't care what they say about me because you are going to get abuse everywhere, but don't bring people's partners into it. I wish those comments hadn't come and I wish Newport well.”

 

“They’ve got short memories, what me and Hats have done [here] was phenomenal. I left on good terms and I have nothing but respect for the football club,” he continued.

“It’s only a small few. The rest of the fans were respectful and gave me a lovely ovation from near enough every side of the ground. That was special – something that I’ll never forget.

“But people think they can say what they want and it’s upsetting. They crossed the line and it’s a shame.

“It wasn’t just insults, stones were getting thrown by the supporters behind [the dugout]. I can take abuse towards me but when they start bringing my wife into it and throwing stones, it’s not good.

“I’m not going to make a complain, I don’t want Newport to get in trouble. I’d probably just say have a look at the CCTV and ban the clown who did it – simple.”

On the pitch, Flynn admitted his side were outplayed by the Exiles but hailed the battling qualities of his side.

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“I think the best team lost, if I’m totally honest. They were very good today, they were better than us. We were solid, we stuck to our guns,” he said.

“They can feel hard done by today, because I genuinely think Newport were the better team but my team were absolutely tremendous defensively. We were solid, we stuck together and we had that togetherness.

“Newport are a good team, I know eight or 10 of them from when I was here. They’ve lost six in a row at home now, which is obviously not great, but if they play like that every week then Newport will be fine.

“I love this club, I love Newport County. I’ll give my all for Walsall, but it’s professional, nothing personal, which is why it was a little bit upsetting that some fans thought they had to get personal.

“This is a club that will always be in my heart and I’m not going to let one or two idiots spoil my feelings for this football club.”

County have confirmed that they will look into the allegations.

"Newport County AFC are aware of post-match comments from former manager Michael Flynn in relation to alleged treatment he received from a small minority of County fans during today’s fixture," read a statement.

"The club will be conducting an internal investigation alongside Rodney Parade and will act accordingly based upon the conclusion of the investigation."