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Steve Tilson. A wise choice.

I was very pleased to hear that Steve Tilson has been given the Manager’s job at Lincoln City. 

I know Steve from a short loan spell I had with Southend United in the 90’s. He was a long serving player there and went on to become their most successful manager taking them from the basement division to the second tier in minimum time.

He played a quick, exciting brand of football with plenty of energy and determination.

These are surely the qualities and experience that Lincoln have acquired and it would seem that it has been just what they were looking for.

Lincoln City stated publicly quite early on in the managerial hunt that they wanted somebody who’d had success at lower league level and had been there and seen it. Although many names were mentioned it appears that Tilson ticks all of the boxes that are required.

As a player, Steve was one of those blokes that everybody got on well with. His people skills obviously helped him succeed in management as his Southend sides looked like they were always playing for him. I think that to have your players on side is a fundamental part of management. At some stage during a managerial reign there will always be a sticky patch. If your players are with you and believe in what you say then these stick patches can be turned around. Alternatively, the opposite can occur if a group of players are not fully behind their manager. It can be the difference between a manager losing his job or not.

We must not overlook the appointment of his assistant Paul Brush. He was with him at Southend United and played his part in the success achieved at Roots Hall.

I attended Lincoln City vs Macclesfield Town last weekend and was impressed with some of the play from The Imps. It certainly isn’t a case of having an inept group of players to take over. There will almost certainly be an instant upsurge in performance levels from the players. This happens everywhere. 

Steve will want to put his own stamp on the squad as early as possible. Either by changing formation, style of play, additions to the squad or a mix of all of those things. It will be interesting to see how the board back him financially. Hopefully he will be given sufficient resources to fulfil his potential at Sincil Bank.

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