Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Flynn focused on safety target for Newry City

Gerry Flynn has set his Newry City players a twin target for the remainder of the season.

He wants the first to be achieved tonight by beating Ballymena United before trying to move above the Sky Blues in the Carling Premiership table.

The spectre of relegation still looms over the Newry Showgrounds, but with four games to go things are very much in their own hands, with just two points needed to secure safety in the top flight.

And then Flynn will be able to look up rather than having to glance over his shoulder anymore.

“Beating Coleraine last week will hopefully give the players a bit of confidence and we can now push on from here,” said Flynn.

“Our two targets in the remaining games are to firstly make sure we are safe in the Premiership and we’re in a position now where we are very close to doing that.

“If we beat Ballymena we’ll be safe and we’ll also be just a couple of points behind them with a game in hand.

“The target then will be to try to finish as high as we can up the table.

“We could still catch Glenavon if results go our way, but we’ll worry about winning this game first and then try to get ahead of Ballymena before we can think about catching Glenavon.”

While he will be trying to catch United, a win tonight will at least allow Flynn to look ahead to next season in the knowledge that Newry will still be a Premiership club.

He has already spoken to some players about new contracts, but he will also be looking to bring in new faces to bolster their bid to be a top six club — which is where he believes they belong.

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