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Cash-strapped Lincoln City forced to cut their squad

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth

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David Holdsworth's bid to keep Chris Bush and Jake Thomson has been plunged into doubt after Lincoln City began a fresh round of cost-cutting.

The Imps this week released four players in a bid to save money as Paul Robson, Jake Turner, Elliott Green and Dan Coupland all left the club.

Loan deals for Thomson and Bush, who signed from Newport and Gateshead respectively, are now under the microscope with Holdsworth unsure over the duo's future.

Both players are due to return to their parent clubs next Monday unless the Imps decide to extend their stay.

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The decision to review Lincoln's squad comes just one week after chief executive Steve Prescott admitted the postponed game against Wrexham cost the Imps £10,000.

Holdsworth said: "We have released several players which has saved us a considerable amount of money.

"These were looked at by myself and the chairman in terms of saving money and also helping the club's cash flow.

"It's been a tough few weeks for the club in terms of finance, so while it leaves me short of numbers, certainly defensively, I will do all I can to work and help the chairman.

"John Nutter, Peter Bore, Paul Robson, young Elliot and Dan along with Jake Turner have all been great to work with and all contributed – I wish them all well.

"As for Bushy and Jake, I'm not sure as to whether we can keep them, but we will see if anything happens there this weekend."

Despite slashing the squad, Holdsworth is still clinging to the hope he can add one signing before the transfer window closes at midnight.

Lincoln only have six defenders on their books with Dan Gray, Andrew Boyce, Tom Miller, Scott Garner, Peter Gilbert and Bush.

A crippling midfield injury crisis, which has deprived Holdsworth of Alan Power, Gary Mills and Mo Fofana, has been an immediate concern.

But now he is hopeful of sorting his defence out ahead of Saturday's trip to Braintree.

"I would like to add a defender if possible," he said.

"Whether we can, we will have to see.

"I don't want to go into the final third of the season without at least one covering player, especially as up to last week, we had three defenders out of action. We will see what we can do."

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  • Kaftanimp  |  February 01 2013, 5:46PM

    Eatmygoal, i'm not looking to blame one person, i'm asking the Echo to do what they should be doing in asking WHY the Club find themselves where they are AGAIN ! They were the first team to drop out of the Football League in 1987 and it appeared they had learnt from that but apparently not. With successive Play Off appearances, decent players gone, money made from Cup runs, it begs the question don't you think as to why we are struggling when the likes of Rochdale, Dagenham, Barnet etc etc can survive yet we continue to plummet. Don't you want to know why ? Are you telling me you are happy for us to continue the downward spiral without answers and still happy to plough in your hard earned money week in week out ? I've followed the Imps for over 38 years and i've spent thousands believe me. I watched with utter despair when we only had to beat Aldershot on the last day of the fateful last season in the League when the likes of Gavin McCallum stood with his hands on his hips and let our League status go - he still got his over-inflated wages !! Far too many people are just prepared to sit back and say nothing hoping it will get better - well it won't with apathy will it. We all care about Lincoln City which is why we comment, i'm not looking to apportion blame at one door, there are many doors and the fans don't get off scott free because booing your own players is just ridiculous ! However, it has come to people just having had enough and the Echo sit on the fence not wanting to ruffle feathers. And just for the record, I actually think David Holdsworth should be given more time !

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  • nigelsparky  |  February 01 2013, 12:21PM

    I agree with Eatmygoal. There is no one reason or one person to blame, as to why the Club finds itself in its current position. There are numerous possible reasons, lack of money being probably the greatest reason of all. That is where a manager earns his corn, using what funds made available to him wisely. It is so easy for all of us to sit in the stands criticising the players, manager and boards every move, we all know best don't we! You also need some "good luck" too, and Holdsworth has had his fair share of "bad luck" in terms of injuries to key players, and other teams getting the "rub of the green" in certain games. Grimsby Town were in much the same position in recent years, and appear to have come out the other side, and how have they done this? The windfall from Ryan Benetts' move to Norwich from Peterborough went a long way to help. They also have had managers that have shown some faith in products of their youth system too, (although Bennett was picked up at 16 when he was released by Ipswich), by actually playing them. Of the "five" given pro deals at this club at the start of the season, not one of them has been involved in a game so far this season, with two of them now been released. You never know we may just have a "Ryan Bennett" amongst the remaing three.

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  • eatmygoal  |  February 01 2013, 9:42AM

    Not really sure why you want this blame apportioned to someone Kaftan. Lincoln are where they are, the fans are staying away so the money is tight so less can be given to the team. Lincoln are not the first time to fall from the league

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  • ozzyyy  |  January 31 2013, 8:09PM

    Board out Holdsworth out

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  • Kaftanimp  |  January 31 2013, 7:20PM

    Anyone seen Tipping Point on ITV ? I can't help thinking it's a big hint as to what is happening at Sincil Bank at present. The fans have reached their 'tipping point' and are being shoved over the edge with every drop of a point ! Come on Messer's Pakey and Curtis, lets have some public probing into what's gone wrong at Sincil Bank - after all it's your job isn't it ? Or are you going to take this thread down too like the Forest Green thread just because it's not what the Club want to see ! And Radio Lincolnshire, get Rob Underwood on, he's not afraid to ask the right type of question to the manager on behalf of the fans ! We are fans by the way, we are fans that have put thousands of pounds into LCFC over the years and we are fed up of hearing the same old excuses and seeing the same rubbish on the pitch. We have pitched in many a time to help the Club out, but NOW is the time to change what is a continual downward spiral that could lead to a Kettering situation if we are not careful ! There comes a time when blind faith in your leaders will get you nowhere - that time is NOW. What is it going to take for someone to realise that something is seriously wrong at Sincil Bank, it's wrong from the top down.

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  • Kaftanimp  |  January 31 2013, 7:19PM


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  • redimp45  |  January 31 2013, 6:40PM

    The Imps have destroyed but certain people still remain, clueless absolutely clueless. Holdsworth and more out NOW.

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  • Spilsby  |  January 31 2013, 6:40PM

    I was a big fan of LLY woeisme. I really hope he is a big success for you

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  • wragbyred3  |  January 31 2013, 5:30PM

    Yes Woeisme, I see LJL has signed for the mariners having had his contract terminated at Bury. Big strong lad with some pace who was amongst several young players given a chance by Peter Jackson. However like several others failed to kick on and did not realise his potential.

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  • nigelsparky  |  January 31 2013, 5:03PM

    Big Steve Thompson will need a chance to keep us in Bet Suare Premier!" you are having a larfffff aren't you batimp?