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Who will be Lincoln City’s next manager ?

As the race to become the next manager of Lincoln City hots up I thought that I would post my comments on one of my former clubs.

As always the real reasons why a manager leaves his post are yet to fully be disclosed. Normally they are made a little clearer in time. This does not stop the rumours which surround the managerial merry-go-round. You can say with some certainty that not many people forecast that Chris Sutton would quit his job so quickly. Yes, the pressure had been building for quite a while, even considering the short period that he had held his role.

So what next for Lincoln City ? During my 2-and-a-bit years playing for Lincoln City I was fortunate enough to enjoy 2 of the play-off experiences. At that time the play-offs were coupled with  such phrases as ‘heart break’ and ‘disappointment’ . To come so close on so many consecutive occasions gave the false impression that the club were somehow failing year on year by not achieving promotion. A few years on and how things can change. How would a play-off campaign be received this season ?

But that is the yardstick that all Lincoln City  managers are measured by, and rightly so I think.

The late, great Keith Alexander achieved these standards on very low playing budgets compared to the rest of the field. So what is to say that is not achievable now ? 

He gathered his squads full of hungry players looking to prove themselves. I arrived from Bristol Rovers having been a huge failure having gone there with high expectations but I always felt a need to prove myself, even in my early 30’s.  A great work ethic was another of the huge facets to his Lincoln City teams.  A bit of quality in the right areas and suddenly you have a recipe for success at this level. Gain some momentum and you can see how Keith managed to over-achieve during his reign at Sincil Bank.

Each year there is a club which over-achieves. Last year it was Morecambe. This year it looks, so far, that Accrington Stanley could be ‘that’ team.

So the Lincoln City Chairman Bob Dorrian has publicly stated that he wants to appoint a manager with some experience of success at lower league level, and who could argue with him?  These things have a habit of going in cycles:

 Young up and coming manager-experienced manager-young up and manager…and so on.

 One thing is for sure, there will be some very experienced names amongst those who have applied so far. Many fans think that a job of this type, a League 2 club towards the bottom of the table, would not attract too many quality candidates. Any manager out of work managers though will see this as a massive opportunity to get back into the game and enhance their profile by changing the fortunes of The Imps.

Steve Tilson, previously manager of Southend, is an interesting link. I played with Steve during a loan spell at Southend back in the early 90’s. What a great job he did there. Another overachiever taking Southend from the basement to Championship level with the odds stacked against him.

Dave Penny is also another name in the mix and ticks all of the boxes that are looking to be ticked. I never got any joy out of Dave’s teams over the years. They were always tough to play against, had experience in the right areas and produced results.

Ian Butterworth has come into the equation too. Ian had a brief spell as a coach at Bristol Rovers during my time there and gave the place a lift. He certainly had some great ideas and put on some great sessions which genuinely made a difference. He obviously feels like he is ready for management.

In my view, the club needs a lift. The playing squad needs some direction, organisation and confidence.  These things are easily addressed in my opinion.

Whoever does take over still has enough time to make this season a success though. A few new signings and some direction could soon see a change in fortunes.

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  1. Gaz
    October 6, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Nice to read the opinions of possibly the last skillful centre forward plying his trade at Sincil Bank. Jamie for manager?

  2. October 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    So Jamie, who should I put money on? Tilson? Little? Martin O’Neill has form at lower levels 🙂

    • October 6, 2010 at 2:45 pm

      I can’t see martin O’Neill coming back down the divisions. He will certainly be in line for the next big job that comes up in The Premier League. Brian Little, I am sure, feels like he has a job to do at Gainsboro.
      Coleman at Accrington Stanley has had a great start to the season and the timing of this could work out really well for him.
      Tilson would be a great choice in my view. Been there, seen it and done it, and would be hungry to succeed again having had some time away from management. Would get the respect from the players immediately which always helps.
      There could yet be a late runner who nobody has even mentioned yet though !

  3. sammyimp
    October 6, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    A good read Jamie…. have you got any views on Mr Suttons departure, do you think he did the right thing??

  4. Dave Gratton
    October 6, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Back up what the last guy said about you been a great striker Jamie, used to love watching you bang em in, anyway I digress… the people we should NOT pick for the new boss, are Tommo, and Mick Harford. As we would be picking them for all the wrong reasons. I would like to see Tilson, but don’t think he will make the move, Coleman is really sounding out about the job, and would be a reasonable choice. In the end there are dozens and dozens of decent managers now unemployed, so how about a welcome return to football for one Alan Curbishley???

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