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Boss Simpson to overhaul Lincoln City during the January sales

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

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Gary Simpson has targeted several signings in the January transfer window as he vowed to fire Lincoln City out of their mid-season slump.

The Imps boss admits he is coming under increasing scrutiny over their disappointing form after losing 1-0 to Gateshead in midweek, writes Leigh Curtis.

City fans made their feelings known at the final whistle having seen just one win in the last nine league games.

Simpson confessed he needs reinforcements and hopes to make three or four signings in January to improve their fortunes.

But while calling for unity ahead of Saturday's trip to Braintree in the FA Trophy, he says the club's financial status makes wholesale changes difficult.

"I'm a supporter of this football club and I am a supporter of the supporters because they've been good to me in the past," he said.

"I know I am the focal point of everybody's frustration and they are all looking at me to fix the situation, which is fair enough.

"But believe me, there is not a day when I am not in.

"I am working every contact I have by speaking to players and agents, but it's frustrating when you hear what some players are earning in divisions below. We can't get anywhere near it and people perceive us to be a big club.

"Financially it's still very tight here, but the board have been terrific and they've done what they could do.

"Ideally we'd like to get three or four players in which would really improve us, but it costs money. We just have to stick together and if we do that we will be okay."

Tuesday's defeat left City in mid-table and seven points clear of the bottom four with Imps fans eager for Simpson to play a two-man strike-force.

Simpson says his current 4-2-3-1 system has four men up front and not the one-man frontline which has sparked frustration on the terraces.

It is the same formation which he used at the start of the campaign which gave City a wonderful opening to the season when they sat in the top five of the table.

"People say the system we use is just one man up front, but it's not actually, it's four," he said.

"On Tuesday, people say Sharp (Chris) was up there on his own, but he has Shez (Jake Sheridan) there and Marlon (Jackson) with him.

"You've also got Alan Power just off the frontman.

"It was the same system Gateshead played and if we had played two up top, the midfield would have been outnumbered three on two.

"They would have passed it around us to death."

Meanwhile, Chris Sharp has extended his loan from Hereford by another month.

He will be free to play in the FA Trophy clash at Braintree this weekend.

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  • snoddy  |  December 13 2013, 9:25AM

    He states Fairhurst cannot play in this system he is using. Iv'e got some bad news for you Garry. None of the players can play the system you are using. The answer to the problem is change the system. Oh I keep forgetting you won't admit you are wrong.

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  • eatmygoal  |  December 12 2013, 7:38PM

    Just on Sailsbury. Matt Tubbs was sold for 70k, then they got 100k when he went to Bournemouth. This is on top of having a board who has put money in to get them out of administration. And the 100k they got in the cup. And the manager there now has been at the club 4 years, and the man before that was there for 3 before going off to Bristol. They feel a lot like Lincoln from years back as Sialsbury got demoted for going into admin and fought back using kids and have since bought well using the money they have got. In summary, they are not as impoverished as you think. This is not a defence of GS before is get jumped on, just saying that we shouldn't think we are wealthier than some clubs.

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  • franky68  |  December 12 2013, 6:59PM

    Did'nt realise it was that bad Nigel(his record at Macc).That makes it worse re the appointment harps back to what Branny said dummy. come on boys

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  • MacImp  |  December 12 2013, 6:36PM

    New players in January will buy Simmo time. We will be told about how keen they are and how they need time to gel. He will be sure results will pick up once the new players have settled in. It will tgen become clear that nothing will change other than perhaps the league we will play in next season. Sorry to be negative but Simmo doesn't convince me that he knows how to turn things around.

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  • nigelsparky  |  December 12 2013, 6:32PM

    MarkG79 says "He then states Fairhurst cannot play in this system he is using, but surely he played this system at Macclesfield when Fairhurst was there so why bring him here to warm the bench, if he can't play in the team?" An interesting point, Mark, considering GS was sacked after a 16 game winless run, that ultimately saw Macclesfield lose their league status, presumably playing the same system? :-)

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  • redimpsfan  |  December 12 2013, 5:46PM

    If Gary Mills was running the team we'd probably (arguably) be far better with the same personnel. I wouldn't let Simpson near a cheque book. Imp76 took the words off my iPad. . . . Gateshead know how to pass and move. They don't whack it long. THEY did out pass City by use of good tactics. They rarely hit it long.

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  • Camboimp  |  December 12 2013, 5:18PM

    Too little too late just like trying to sign a player before the loan window closed by relying on a text message !! Stop trying to spiel rubbish to the fans who are fed up with you. Just leave and let someone else try and spend /loan some decent players and get the best out of what we have.

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  • franky68  |  December 12 2013, 4:06PM

    Wragbyred3: If he does bring 4 more players in, be prepared to see Power, Fofana,Sheridan either on the bench or in the stand with Gray and Fairhurst. Oh wait a minute we have got to think about Dixon and Wright, so two of the above, in the stand, so toss a coin for that. ALL OF THE ABOVE COULD QUIET SERIOUSLY HAPPEN, I AM NOT BEING FLIPPANT.I said weeks ago we would either be in relegation or/and Administration.I also said at the same time if he is here next season all the best players we have from the old school will be gone, en I would dread to think what will happen.THIS MAN IS USEING OUR CLUB FOR HIS OWN ENDS TO BUILD HIS OWN TEAM TO EMULATE KA. ?? And our directors are sitting and ltting himdo it.Why do you think Wright,Dixon, Nolan and Jordan are constantly in his selections, or the first to come off of the bench. I have been saying all of the above for a long time now and if he is allowed to go on, it will happen. come on boys

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  • Sweepclean  |  December 12 2013, 3:20PM

    "Money is not the real problem as Salisbury have proved they are sitting in 10th place with 33pts and today they have just come out of 4 years of administration, so what's money got to do with it. The problem is he has no man management skills, and a lack of tactical knowledge" City would probably be better in the January Sales getting in a New Manager or an Assistant Manager to help who has these skills in abundance, like John Coleman the ex Accrington boss has done at Southport. In the link below http://tinyurl.com/pj59kbr

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  • wragbyred3  |  December 12 2013, 2:25PM

    We have almost reached the half way mark and the squad needs an overhaul ! Don't hold your breath, it will probably be yet more injury prone half fit mediocrity. Changing the manager will have little effect with the club in its present state, but a change of direction on the field is urgently needed before we bore the few remaining fans to death. If one lone soul is played up front and the team has no wide players with the pace and skill to beat a man and the remaining so called strikers are too slow to get in the box and attack the ball the score will be nil.

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