Lincoln City have placed Gary Simpson on ‘gardening leave’ following a poor run of results which has seen them fall away from the play-off chase.
Simpson took over the Imps in February 2013, keeping them up on the final day of season with a victory at Hyde.
In his first full season in charge, he guided the club to a 13th place finish but a lack of improvement this season had seen Simpson come under pressure from sections of the crowd.
Saturday’s 3-3 draw away at Forest Green, a game that Lincoln had led 3-0 going into the closing stages, was the final straw for the Lincoln board, who have now removed Simpson as manager.
A statement from the Imps said: “After reviewing our season so far, taking in to account progress made and performance levels achieved, the Board has decided to relieve Gary Simpson of his current duties as Manager of Lincoln City Football Club.”
“With immediate effect Gary will be placed on “gardening leave” until his future with us can be determined.”
“As a result of the foregoing, Chris Moyses has taken over first team duties for the foreseeable future.”
Disappointment was set around the club after Lincoln lost their 3-0 lead in the last 30 minutes of the game against Forest Green, leaving the Imps sitting in a measly 13th place, eight points off the play offs.
It has since been said by Lincoln’s chairman Bob Dorrian that it was a lack of progress this season that has cost Gary his job.
Lincoln have only won three of their last 14 games.
Chris Moyses will now be preparing to change the Imps fortune, which will start tomorrow night as Lincoln face Altrincham at Sincil Bank.
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