EXCLUSIVE by Pete O’Rourke

Newport County boss Michael Flynn has turned down the Lincoln manager’s job and is set to stay at the League Two club, Football Insider understands.

Flynn has been among the favourites to take over from the Cowley brothers at Lincoln following their departure to Championship outfit Huddersfield Town earlier this month.

However, a Newport source has told Football Insider that Flynn has rejected overtures from Lincoln and is set to remain in his role at Rodney Parade.

The 38-year-old is highly-regarded within coaching circles after impressing in his first management role with the Welsh outfit, helping guide his side to the League Two play-off finals last season, eventually losing to Tranmere Rovers.

He has also enjoyed relative success in the FA Cup, the Ironsides beating Leicester City and Middlesbrough last season before losing to eventual winners Manchester City at the fifth round.

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Flynn and his men are currently sitting fourth in the League Two table after losing only one game this term, with four wins and three draws from their other seven outings.

News of Flynn’s decision to stay at Newport will come as a blow to Lincoln as they look to find the right man to succeed the Cowleys.

In other Lincoln City news, Football Insider can reveal the club lined up the capture of a club captain at a League Two outfit.