Flynn rules out Cardiff switch as Bamba emerges as managerial contender

Cardiff City

Newport County manager Michael Flynn has rubbished talk he could replace Neil Warnock as Cardiff boss, as the odds on Sol Bamba getting the job are slashed.

Ex-Millwall manager Neill Harris and Charlton chief Lee Bowyer remain the favourites for the recently vacated position in the Welsh capital but the bookmakers have ranked Flynn just behind that duo.

The 39-year-old has worked wonders on a shoestring budget at Rodney Parade since taking charge in 2017, turning them from relegation candidates into promotion material in League Two.

Flynn has also overseen an excellent FA Cup run with the Exiles claiming the scalps of Leeds United and Leicester City when reaching the fifth round in the 2017/18 season.

The Welshman performances in the Newport dugout resulted in him being strongly linked with the Lincoln City job earlier in the season before he signed improved terms with the Welsh outfit.

A move just down the road to Cardiff could now be available to Flynn but he says he remains committed to Newport, insisting he intends to honour his new contract.

“I’m the Newport manager and I’ve agreed a new deal, so there’s nothing to say on that,” he told the South Wales Argus.

“I have a good relationship with Bristol City and Cardiff City and I’m sad to see a manager leave, but it won’t be me taking over.”

Cardiff appear keen to make a quick appointment following the departure of Neil Warnock on Monday in the aftermath of Sunday’s 1-0 loss in the Severnside derby to Bristol City.

One man who has moved into contention for the position, according to the bookies, is Bluebirds defender Bamba.

The 34-year-old, who has only recently returned from a serious knee injury, has seen his odds to become the next Cardiff boss cut dramatically over the course of the last 12 hours.