Sunday 20 January 2019

Newport boss apologises over leaking of Tottenham dossier

Newport County manager Michael Flynn. Photo: PA
Newport County manager Michael Flynn. Photo: PA

Phil Blanche

Newport manager Michael Flynn has apologised to Mauricio Pochettino after his FA Cup dossier targeting Tottenham weaknesses was made public.

Spurs host Newport in a fourth-round Wembley replay tonight after the League Two minnows drew 1-1 with Pochettino's side at Rodney Parade. Newport were eight minutes from a famous win before Harry Kane equalised, but the aftermath was dominated by the leaked dossier which exposed the Spurs areas that County were keen to exploit.

"I've dealt with the leak of the so-called secret dossier manager to manager," Flynn said. "Things have a habit of coming out and it happens in football. It's the way it is, nothing is private these days, but there was no malice in it.

"I apologised on our behalf to Mauricio for it getting out. It was helpful in preparing for the first game against Spurs because we needed all the help we could get."

Newport's dossier suggested Eric Dier was one-paced, Mousa Dembele gave away needless free-kicks and Dele Alli did not work hard to win possession back. Michel Vorm was also singled out for not coming for crosses, and the Dutch goalkeeper was stuck on his line from such a ball when Pádraig Amond put County ahead in the first half.

"There were a lot of good things in there also," smiled Flynn.

On Monday, Newport announced the departure of midfielder Sean Rigg by "mutual consent".

"Sean has left the club to pursue his dream as a tattoo artist," Flynn said. "He fell out of love with the game and is thinking about the future."

Irish Independent

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