Never a dull moment at Sincil Bank and this summer has been full of surprises. First of all, manager Peter Jackson was sacked two weeks ago following a string of poor results and falling home attendances. Jackson conducted a dramatic overhaul during the summer which saw players such as Dany N’Guessan, Adrian Patulea, and Lee Beevers all leaving to play higher up in the Football League.
For any manager, especially at this level, it’s going to be tough replace these players in the current financial market. Jackson brought in young players such as Jamie Clarke and Chris Fagan.
The season actually started well. Lincoln have never been ones to start the season with all guns blazing, but an opening 1-0 victory over Barnet sent the fans away with optimism. But defeats at home to Burton Albion, and away at Dagenham and Darlington in the Johnston Paint Trophy, eventually cost Jackson his job. It’s a shame that it didn’t work out for him. I’m sure that anyone who met him couldn’t help but to fall under his spell. His positivity and out-going personality is engaging and endearing and his presence will surely be missed around Sincil Bank.
However, football is a results business and there is no room for sentiment when things on the pitch are clearly not working. Jackson’s dismissal has cleared the way for first team coach Simon Clark, having been appointed caretaker manager. Clark, a contender for the permanent manager spot, has done himself no harm so far. He guided the club to an impressive 3-0 home victory against Darlington. The players were positive and created as many chances in that one game than they had in the whole season so far.
Clark is a very thoughtful and articulate young man, and is very interested in the permanent job. If his Lincoln side continue to impress then he may be given the job.
What the new manager, whomever it may be, will find is a solid lower league football club. With no major financial debts, a new training ground, and an ever growing city, this club can go places under the right guidance. Off the field things are looking up, it’s just on the pitch that things need to improve and give the faithful Lincoln City fans something to cheer about and make them proud.Tweet