EXCLUSIVE: Former Newport County AFC, Walsall and Swindon Town boss set to be named Cheltenham Town head coach

Michael Flynn during his time at Newport County AFC
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Cheltenham Town are set to appoint Michael Flynn as their new head coach, Gloucestershire Live understands.

The 43-year-old has previously been in charge of Newport County AFC, Walsall and Swindon Town.

He was interviewed for the position on Monday, along with two other candidates.

Flynn is now expected to be named as Darrell Clarke's successor at the Completely-Suzuki Stadium, working under newly-installed director of football Gary Johnson.

It is understood that Aaron Downes will be part of the Cheltenham coaching set-up under Flynn.

Former centre-half Downes captained Cheltenham during the 2015/16 National League title-winning campaign and later worked as head of coaching at Whaddon Road.

He has since worked as Johnson's number two at Torquay United, taking over as caretaker boss in February before departing at the end of the National League South season.

Newport-born Flynn started his playing career at hometown club County, going to represent the likes of Wigan Athletic, Gillingham, Blackpool, Huddersfield Town and Bradford City.

He was appointed caretaker manager of Newport in March 2017 and oversaw a remarkable escape from relegation to the National League, secured with a final day victory over Notts County.

The role became permanent that summer, with Flynn signing a two-year deal.

He guided Newport to the League Two play-off final in both 2018/19 and 2020/21, but they lost out at Wembley to Tranmere Rovers and Morecambe respectively.

There were also memorable FA Cup ties against Tottenham, Leicester City, Middlesbrough and Manchester City during a reign of 250 games in charge of the Exiles.

Flynn took over at Walsall in February 2022 and they enjoyed a 1-0 win over leaders Forest Green in his first game, ending Rovers' 19-match unbeaten run.

He parted company with Walsall in April 2023 and was then appointed manager of Swindon the following month.

Flynn left Swindon on January 15 - after eight months in charge - weeks after he had signed a new long-term contract at the County Ground. A club statement said the decision came as a "result of amicable discussions".

He has taken charge of more than 350 games.