Newton: Keep faith with under-fire Simpson

Lincoln City defender Sean Newton has urged the club’s hierarchy to keep the faith with Gary Simpson ahead of Saturday’s match against bottom of the table Telford, 3pm.

The Imps have only won one of their last seven games, seeing them drop to within four points of the bottom four.

This includes a defeat away at Nuneaton on Saturday, followed by a 3-3 draw at Southport, a game which the club led 3-1.

Despite this, the left back insists that it is the player’s responsibility to turn the situation around and insists he want Simpson to stay at the club.

“It is not nice to see a manger get sacked, especially when he’s brought you in and he’s had the belief and confidence in you to do well for him.

“I don’t want to see that happen and don’t even want to think about it. If he goes, I will be gutted.”

The left-back, who missed the defeat at Nuneaton at defeat through suspension, is adamant that the dressing room is fully behind their under-fire manager.

“He has given us the opportunity to play for this club. There is no reason for us not to be behind him. I’d quash that now. Everybody in the dressing room is behind him.”

Lincoln will be without Hamza Bencherif, who was sent off after the final whistle on Tuesday night for dissent, and Newton admits some tough words were thrown around the dressing room.

“A few words were said at the end of the game by the manager, myself and a few other players because I think they needed to be said.

“At times we are so sloppy and don’t clear our lines well enough and it has got to the point where we have got to get angry with each other and have a go at each other or no-one will know they are doing wrong.

“A few words were said after the game and it helped us to be fair. The lads seem to agree with what was said.

And Newton is hopeful that things will improve after clearing the air, starting with Telford.

“Everyone has been told what they have been doing wrong and what needs to be changed because if it doesn’t then the reality is you are going to get dropped.

“If you are not doing your job right and making mistakes constantly then it is someone else’s chance to step in and step up.”

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