—Tom Farmery and Bradley King contributed with this report
Now that Chris Sutton and Ian Pearce have left Lincoln attention turns to who will become the next City manager. When Peter Jackson left the Imps in 2009 there were over 70 applications for the job and at the time Chris Sutton was not the outright favourite for the hot seat.
A few names that have emerged so far for the job are: Gary Brabin, Steve Thompson, Paul Ince, Martin Foyle, Mark Cooper, and Mick Harford.
Brabin’s managerial experience is limited to Southport and Cambridge United yet the current assistant manager of Luton Town could be tempted to make the move up to league football. He was tipped to get the job when Peter Jackson parted company with Lincoln in 2009. The Liverpool-born manager is, however, said to be happy at the Hatters and move to Sincil Bank, although not unlikely, seems to be off the cards for now.
Thompson managed Lincoln from 1990-1993 and also had two stints playing at the club as a central defender. Many City fans are used to listening to the 55-year-old summerising Imps games on BBC Lincolnshire. The last managerial position that he held was at Notts County for a year between 2006 and 2007. Three years on will he want to take the chance at a club where he is held in high regard? Well, quite possibly, but it still remains to be seen especially as he may not be the favoured man for the job.
Foyle is regarded as a strong possibility for the job after he resigned from his manager’s job at York City only days earlier. He doesn’t have any direct link with Lincoln City, but given his current situation Sincil Bank could become his new office very soon. When he was at York he came very close to success, particularly last season when he guided them to the Conference play-off final that ultimately resulted in defeat to Oxford United.
Former England international Ince has been out of work since leaving Milton Keynes Dons at the end of last season. Successful spells at Macclesfield and MK Dons earned Ince a move to the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers. His time there was disappointing and left the club citing the lack of financial backing he received — despite spending over £10 million during his short stay. Ince would be a popular appointment with Imps fans, but he would demand massive wages and a large transfer budget, even if he is even interested in the post.
Cooper impressed as manager at non-league Tamworth and Kettering, catching the eye of Darragh MacAnthony and the Peterborough board. The Championship proved too large a step for Cooper to take, as he couldn’t revitalise the faltering form of the Posh, parting ways with the club after just 12 games. He recently signed a two-year deal at Blue Square Premier side Darlington, but could be tempted back into league football — at the expense of hefty compensation on City’s part.
Having started his 21-year playing career at Sincil Bank, Harford already has knowledge of the local area. His 40 goals for the club in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s are still fondly remembered by Imps fans. But his managerial experience has been mixed. The twice capped England man has performed admirably in caretaker positions at several clubs and led Luton to a Football League Trophy win in 2009. But a 17 game winless run in charge of League One Rotherham United in 2005 caused him to be sacked. Harford’s last job was to steady the ship at the hectic QPR and he would be the choice of many Lincoln supporters.Tweet