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Former Swindon Town boss now a front-runner to be next Forest Green manager


Boasting experience in spades, Michael Flynn is the front-runner to become the next managerial incumbent at struggling Forest Green.

Flynn, who was sacked by Swindon Town three days ago along with assistant and former Forest Green defender Wayne Hatswell, would become Rovers’ third manager of the season after the club sacked Troy Deeney tonight, Thursday.

Flynn took charge at Swindon after their final match of last season, signing an initial two-year deal before extending his contract to the end of 2025-26 in November.

IMG 9914 1 | Former Swindon Town boss now a front-runner to be next Forest Green manager
Emmanuel Osadebe

However, the Robins’ fortunes dipped since the end of November and just one win in their last eight outings has seen them slide from eighth – and a point behind the Sky Bet League Two play-offs – to 15th.

Flynn cut his managerial teeth at Newport County, who he served previously as a player. He spent four-and-a-half years as manager from 2017, leading his side to Emirates FA Cup victories over Leeds United, Leicester City and Middlesbrough and ties against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, Carabao Cup ties against West Ham United and Newcastle United, and two Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Finals at Wembley. He left County in October 2021 – joining Walsall in February 2022 but was sacked in April 2023 after the Saddlers had won just one of their last 20 League Two games.

If Flynn is appointed, he would be reunited with Rovers’ latest January transfer window capture – Emmanuel Osadebe, who signed from League Two rivals Bradford City this afternoon, Thursday. The midfield playmaker starred for Flynn at Newport and Walsall.

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