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Newport County fans told not to bother attending their Carabao Cup game against Gillingham by manager Michael Flynn

By Luke Cawdell

Newport County boss Michael Flynn has told their fans not to bother going to Gillingham tonight - and he might not attend either.

Former Gills player Flynn admits he’s not too fussed about the outcome of the Carabao Cup first round game at Priestfield.

And instead, he’s focussing his energies on more important things.

Michael Flynn in action for Gillingham as a player in 2007
Michael Flynn in action for Gillingham as a player in 2007

Flynn has said he will mix his League 2 team up, after back-to-back draws at the start of their league campaign, and is likely to rest key players.

He's looking ahead to their weekend game against early leaders Plymouth Argyle.

Speaking to the South Wales Argus, he said: “I’m not taking it seriously. I’ve got to concentrate on what’s important.

“I’ll always try to win, but it’s not something that I’m going to get het up over."

Flynn added that Newport fans should “stay at home" and save their money for the Plymouth game.

Newport came close to promotion last season, losing out to Tranmere in the play-off final.

The manager has said he may scout Plymouth instead of making the trip to Gillingham. They are at home to Leyton Orient on Tuesday night.

It will mean Gills fans won’t get to show their appreciation for a player who was a regular goalscorer for the club from midfield.

After Gills’ weekend game, assistant boss Paul Raynor said they wouldn’t be sidetracked by the appearance of Flynn. He may now not even be there.

Tuesday night’s game will give fans of both sides - those that attend - another chance to show their respect to Justin Edinburgh, the former manager of both teams.

Edinburgh had great success with the Exiles and returned them to the Football League with a play-off win at Wembley in 2013.

His impressive spell there promoted the Gills to make a move and they reluctantly allowed him to move to Priestfield in February 2015. He spent 18 months at Gillingham.

Edinburgh died on June 8 following a cardiac arrest.

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