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Dean Holdsworth tight-lipped on Newport County future

Catch an in-depth Holdsworth chat on Sport Wales on BBC TWO Wales on Friday

Dean Holdsworth refused to commit his future to Newport County after guiding them to Blue Square Premier promotion.

Holdsworth's County romped to the Blue Square South title with seven games remaining to send the Exiles into the division where the old Newport folded.

Asked about his Spytty Park future, the ex-Premier League star said: "The club know if a league came calling it would be a very difficult decision to make

"I'm ambitious as everyone else is and want to manage as high as I can."

The former Wimbledon and Bolton Wanderers striker - who has one season remaining on his County contract - was linked with the vacant Peterborough job when Mark Cooper was sacked.

Posh appointed Jim Gannon after Cooper's dismissal last month but Holdsworth's stock will rise dramatically after inspiring County to become the first side this season to be promoted in the English pyramid this season.

"I'm in a career that can be short so I'm in a fortunate position to be good stock at the moment," Holdsworth admitted to BBC Wales' Sport Wales show.

"But I've always maintained that I went to get this achievement and see where the club want to go now with Dean Holdsworth.

Newport County seal promotion

"It is inevitable that Dean Holdsworth, at some point, will not be at Newport, whether it be this year, next year or in two years time.

"We need to discuss things with the club regarding their ambition and what they want to achieve next season and what can be achieved.

"I think we should put talk of my future behind us at the moment and enjoy the moment.

"People shouldn't perceive this as a lack of commitment as I'm 100% committed all of the time and I've got a year on my agreement with the club."

Goal-hero Sam Foley, whose double in their 2-0 win over Havant and Waterlooville on Monday secured promotion, hopes his manager stays.

"It will be massive to keep Dean if the club want to keep going in the right direction," said the 17-goal striker.

"He has got the best out of me and a few other players."

Holdsworth added: "I've got more challenges in my management career always.

"As a manager, I must live with these boys for the next seven games and push them to towards the record.

"I'm pleased with what I've done with this group and it's time to do the right thing for us. But we have to enjoy this time time now.

"I'm really pleased with what I've done with this group of players. It is time to carry on doing what we're doing and doing what we're doing."


Newport had been in the same division for 15 years until Holdsworth was appointed in May 2008 and has masterminded their promotion into the non-league's top-flight.

County have lost just once in the league in 12 months and have romped to a phenomenal 27-point cushion and the champions are hoping to beat the current record points tally of 99 as Holdsworth's men can achieve 109 points.

The former England B international striker added: "I want them to win the next seven games and break the record and be the best ever team in the Conference South."

The Conference South record for wins in a season is 30, fewest defeats is four while fewest goals conceded is 31.

Newport are on course to break all of those records as Holdsworth's team have already won 27 games, conceded just 17 goals and have suffered just one defeat this campaign.

"It is about a team," said the manager.

"It is never about one individual, it is about being together on and off the pitch."

* Catch Sport Wales' wrap-up of Newport County's memorable promotion season and where the Exiles go next on BBC TWO Wales on Friday at 1900 GMT

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see also
Sport Wales: The TV Programme
15 Mar 11 |  Wales
Newport County 2-0 Havant & W
15 Mar 10 |  Non League
Newport County's promotion party
16 Mar 10 |  Non League
Newport seal promotion in photos
15 Mar 10 |  Welsh
County back in Amber
16 Mar 10 |  Non League
Peterborough sack manager Cooper
01 Feb 10 |  Peterborough
Archive - Newport County's golden era
11 Mar 10 |  Non League
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales

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