His comrades thought he was a little angry, but there was a good reason why Padraig Amond had booked his deer a year before his wedding.
The Newport team was told by manager Michael Flynn at the end of last season to prepare for a long but successful campaign.
& # 39; Anyone with plans to be ready immediately after the competition season was given the order to put them back & # 39 ;, says Amond. That included the striker of Newport itself, who marries long-term girlfriend Caoimhe in June.
Padraig Amond had a very early deer do while waiting for Newport to reach the playoffs
& # 39; The gaffer spoke to us about how he believed we would be successful this year and that everyone would buy in it & # 39 ;, he adds. & # 39; It meant doing my deer last year and people laughed and said, "how can you do it so early?" But it proved that it was right to do because we now have an incredible opportunity to be promoted this year. & # 39;
THE MARATHON MEN
WHO HAS SELECTED THE MOST NUMBER OF GAMES IN THE HEAD OF FOUR TIMES OF ENGLAND THIS SEASON?
Manchester City: 61
As a group, Newport has not led to the belief that that belief – coming from the manager – is dying.
They may go in their 62nd game of the season in the League Two play-off final against Tranmere in Wembley on Saturday – right alongside Chelsea and Portsmouth as the most in English football – but Flynn has its players fit and hungry with each of them taken into account. minute played.
Smart planning, such as moving the team's day from Wednesday to Thursday, has made it possible for players who have not started a previous match three consecutive days of game preparation.
Newport boss Michael Flynn has introduced innovative ideas and plans to prepare his players
The training exercises are also designed to improve the players and not just to prepare them for a fixture.
The run to the fifth round of the FA Cup showed Newport's comprehensive and technical 3-5-2 style, which led them past Leicester before losing 4-1 to Manchester City at Rodney Parade.
Amond scored Ederson & # 39; s head with a sensitive chip in that game to make it 2-1 until Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez City & # 39; s became third and fourth.
& # 39; It was incredible & # 39 ;, says Flynn. Two after 89 minutes against the side that had just broken the point record in the Premier League. We remember that as an important point in our season; it gave us even more faith. & # 39;
Newport trailed 2-1 against Manchester City until the late intervention of Phil Foden
For Amond, the performance against City and the 12-game undefeated here is a testament to the club's progress over the past two years, but also to Flynn's work as a coach.
& # 39; Eight of the boys who played in the Mansfield play-off games were part of the Great Escape [when Newport left relegation to the National League on the last day of the 2016-17 season] and are all the way been with the club with the manager & # 39 ;, says Amond.
& # 39; It shows that with the right support staff around players and good management you can get so much more from someone who may have been written off – it's the sign of a gaffer who could make it at the highest level. & # 39;
Amond has flourished under the management of Flynn, scoring 35 goals in two seasons
Amond himself admits that some people might question Flynn's decision to sign him. Despite being an important part of the side of Grimsby who won the National League playoff final at Wembley in 2016, he was also in the Hartlepool team that relegated in 2017 instead of Newport.
At Newport he has flourished, scored 35 goals in two seasons and the club's top scorer is this term with 22.
It is again proof of the recruitment team in Newport, led by Flynn and Lennie Lawrence, the former manager of Grimsby and Cardiff, that a small-budget club has remained competitive.
Yes, this season's FA Cup run and final – which ended in a fourth-round replay at Tottenham – has enabled the club to scrap debts and make a profit, but much care has been taken along the way.
& # 39; It is the first time in a long time that the club has been able to plan for the long-term future & # 39 ;, Flynn says. & # 39; It also shows that you don't need all that finances and you have to pay players.
& # 39; We are very careful with the way we do things, because new players must fit in with the way we work and the environment of football.
& # 39; Of course we don't get everything right, but we give ourselves the chance to get the right group of players. You must be able to look in the mirror and say that we have done things for the right reasons. & # 39;
Flynn is happy that he started planning for the long term in the Two club competition
The performance of Flynn, comparable to that of Lincoln & Danny Cowley, has not gone unnoticed by Premier League and Championship clubs. He was born in Newport and will be destroyed if his party loses on Saturday, but he understands that his goals will eventually outgrow his youth club.
& # 39; I am ambitious and want to manage it as well as possible and I want to do it in the Premier League & # 39 ;, says the 38-year-old. & # 39; If I did not have that ambition, I would probably be in the wrong game. & # 39;
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