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Boss to overhaul Imps during 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.

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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  • Sweepclean  |  December 12 2013, 2:56PM

    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 man management and a lack of tactical knowledge

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  • plumbob70  |  December 12 2013, 12:25PM

    Its a front 4 if you regard a 25 to 30 yard gap between the focal point (Sharp) and the other 3 as such. It is 4-5-1 for me. From the top of the Co-op stand Sharp was a lone front man for practically the whole game, occasionally he was deeper along with the other lads, but very rarely were they all attacking as a 4. I like Gary and sincerely hope he pulls us out of this and gets us moving forward. After all it would be some kind of poetic success were he to return bring back the relatively heddy days of he and Keith. Sadly, I don't see the current set-up bringing this about. Also, he has dropped into the tiresome tack of bemoaning lack of funds and quality. We all know the financial situation, but we also know that he has signed virtually the whole squad, so he should please remember things such as having 4 or 5 similar type forwards is nobodies doing other than his own.

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