Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Newry boss Flynn’s stable wish

Gerry Flynn last night claimed that greater stability off the pitch has lead to improved performances on the pitch.

And now he is demanding that his Newry City side take things a step further by reaching the final of the Co-operative Insurance Cup.

Flynn was forced to make his entire first-team squad available for transfer on Christmas Eve with the border club in the midst of a financial crisis, but the introduction of a new chairman is the beginning of a new and brighter era as far as the manager is concerned.

A draw away to Linfield was followed by Saturday’s resounding 8-0 defeat of Portstewart in the Irish Cup and claiming a cup final berth for the first time in the best part of two decades is the aim for Newry this evening at Mourneview Park.

“I am no longer in the position I was two weeks ago when we needed to get rid of players,” said Flynn.

“They are all off the transfer list and we don’t need to sell. If there is a need to trim the squad then I will do it, but the new chairman has told me that nobody has to leave unless it suits us. He has spelt out to both myself and the players what he expects from us and I think the last two performances show how much more relaxed things are around the club.”

Newry were beaten by Linfield on penalties at the same stage of the competition last season and Flynn is takinig positives from that experience.

“We were unlucky to lose to Linfield that night and with the squad I have we should be looking at getting to finals,” said Flynn.

“We have been able to attract players like Michael Collins, Sean and Emmet Friars and Chris Morgan to the club, they want to play in big games and my players are chomping at the bit to get going.”

City have turned down a bid from Institute for Sean Friars as it did not meet their valuation of the player. But Finn Harps have been given permission to speak to Friars about a possible loan deal.

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