Some footballers benefit more than others from a management change.
Ryan Flynn definitely falls into this category.
The Sheffield United winger started only four of David Weir’s 13 matches at the helm. Question marks were raised over his long-term future at Bramall Lane.
However, since Nigel Clough’s appointment back in October, Flynn has flourished, hitting six goals in 28 appearances, playing an instrumental role in the League One club’s revival.
United skipperMichael Doyle is delighted fans are beginning to see the best of Flynn, who moved to South Yorkshire in the summer of 2011.
The Irishman told The Star: “Flynny is playing with so much confidence. He’s always had the ability and now we are starting to see it. He’s one of the hardest working players every single game. It is great to see him and Murph [Jamie Murphy] playing so well.
“When new players come to a club, people expect things to happen right away. Like everything, it does take time. That’s the problem with football sometimes. People just look for the quick fix. Things take time and now people are seeing what Flynny and Murph can do. They’ve got a manager who believes in them and demands a lot from them but they are getting the rewards now, which is great.”
So impressed has Clough been with Flynn’s form that he plans on offering the 25-year-old fresh terms when his contract expires. The United chief believes they possess two of the hardest working wide players in the division in Flynn and Murphy.
Speaking ahead of this afternoon’s clash with Wolves, he said: “They have taken the baton and are vital parts of what we are trying to achieve. We rely on their energy, them getting forward and delivering crosses.”