Imps boss highlights importance of discipline in football

Lincoln City manager, David Holdsworth has emphasised the importance of discipline at football clubs.

David Holdsworth spoke about discipline at Lincoln City after the English Football Association issued a code of conduct to England players. Photo: Andrew West

Earlier in the week, the English Football Association issued a code of conduct to England players, banning the use of drugs, drinking alcohol without permission and using social-networking sites to criticise people.

Holdsworth said: “We certainly do [have a code of conduct at the club].  It’s important that every club has discipline.”

The Imps manager, who played for Watford during his playing career, recalled from his time at the club: “Going back to Graham Taylor’s days, we had a code of conduct and Graham Taylor’s authority was one you wouldn’t dare breach.”

While discussing what he considers acceptable, Holdsworth touched on the popularity of video games by the players: “If a player’s got a sore thumb I’m alright with that. I don’t have a problem with playing games.”

He added that he would be worried about players “going to betting shops and worrying about women.”

England and Chelsea players, Ryan Bertrand and Ashley Cole have both caused controversy on Twitter in recent weeks. Holdsworth said: “Things evolve around social websites now and we see so many players being high profile on there. My concern is people leaving themselves open.”

The Lincoln City boss admitted that he accepts that players “live a different life” and that “the world has changed.”

He rounded off the discussion on club discipline by praising his players. He said: “To be honest, this season these players have been a fresh air and are absolutely first class.”

Lincoln City face Halifax Town at The 12th Imp Sincil Bank Stadium later today in the FA Cup and they are also at home the following Saturday against Stockport County.

In transfer news, 19-year-old Nottingham Forest loanee, Adam Morgan has extended his youth loan until the New Year. He will be available for selection for today’s game.

While 17-year-old second year scholar, Jordan Thomas has today agreed terms on a two-year professional contract. Thomas became the youngest player to feature for the Imps in first team competitive football, when he came on as a substitute in a home game against Mansfield Town last year.

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