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Cost-cutting Lincoln City to stop housing new signings

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: July 02, 2012

  • Lincoln City's new signing Adam Smith lives in Sheffield which made his move to the club possible

  • Lincoln city boss David Holdsworth

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David Holdsworth has revealed Lincoln City will no longer house new signings after revealing the club were slashing costs on players' accommodation.

Having lost a solidarity payment of £225,000 from the Football League, the Imps have been forced to review their expenditure in order to offset the loss.

One area that has come under instant scrutiny is paying for players' accommodation with the club already owning a property that currently houses three players.

With Holdsworth still in the market for two more signings, the City boss said his recruitment drive was now centred on players who live near Lincoln.

"The most important thing in recruiting players is location because the club cannot afford to put players up any more," he said. "When I've set about the task of recruiting players, the first thing I have had to do is find out where they live.

"We cannot afford to assist them in accommodation, be it in a house or paying hotel bills.

"We do have a club house, but the three bedrooms are actually taken up.

"Unfortunately when a lot of players come to the negotiating table they look for some kind of help regarding their housing.

"That has been a big downfall in terms of recruiting players. The first thing I ask when talking to an agent or a player is a) is he married? and b) does he have children?

"This club does not hand out two-year contracts and you have to be realistic about the fact players aren't going to move from where they live for just one year.

"Generally speaking, the recruitment process has been based on players generally living within 45 to 50 miles of Lincoln.

"I am trying to find players who could perhaps car share and a lot of people probably don't appreciate how big a factor that has been this summer."

Holdsworth's latest signing, Adam Smith, lives in Sheffield while Andrew Boyce, another one of Lincoln's latest recruits, is based in Doncaster.

Holdsworth revealed though that some players he had spoken too felt that because Lincoln were a big club in the Blue Square Bet Premier, accommodation was a given.

"People see us as a big, big club and while we have a huge heartbeat, we don't have huge funds and that has been well documented," he said.

"The chairman has quite rightly been very transparent and we know we have a very low budget in terms of this league.

"The hardest part is not the money, but finding players within Lincoln's radius and who fit the profile of the club."

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  • eatmygoal  |  July 05 2012, 9:43AM

    I just want to point out that George Gordon is a petty man who makes points that are impossible to agree with. "but I am 100 per cent certain that my comments regarding employment law are correct" They probably are, but when a manager is setting out his search criteria he can do as he wishes. This article does not say he asks this question in an interview. In fact it more hints at the fact that he would love to sign players who are married and live away but it is they who turn him down due to travel. What you have done, as is your usual modos opperandi, is to take the article and give it a negative spin. And then following on from this is talk about knowing an expert or being one. Undoubtedly if Holdsworth said these comments in an interview or at work it would be illegal, but that is not of any relevance here. The club are under no legal obligation to search for players without knowing where they live or if they are married.

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  • nigelsparky  |  July 05 2012, 9:40AM

    Resurrection alltheseyears was making a point regarding professional footballers in general, at no point was he referring to Lincoln city players n particular. Gerorgegordon1, I like you have had differing opinions with eatmygoal. However he is entitled to his opinion just like me, you and everyone else on here. Just because he doesn't agree with your posts doesn't warrant you calling him petty etc.I think maybe you're being a little paranoid here, he is not disagreeing with you because it's you, just your viewpoint on things. With regards to the employment law thing technically you are probably correct, however like any job application process the employer will have certain criteria they want in the new recruit.Locality marital status etc.could form part of that criteria. In essence the person responsible for recruitment will generally have a yes, no and maybe piles when sifting through the CV's received, and on that basis, that person will contact the people on the yes pile to come in for an interview, so the locality marital status criteria has already been dealt with, thus avoiding any legal issues. Now as we all know footballers don't have interviews as such, and if they have sent in a CV, the manager will already have seen his locality. If an agent calls him regarding a player he will discuss his criteria with the said agent, and if the player in question is not prepared to travel, or relocate at his own expense, then the manager will discount him.Travel time is also crucial, if the player is prepared to travel although has to travel for say more than two hours, then this could affect his performances, so the manager may decide that that is not ideal and again discount him. It's called common sense and being realistic.

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  • Resurrection  |  July 05 2012, 7:58AM

    Allltheseyears has a point. It was my understanding that a number of City players DID actually train part time last season despite the Club stating to be Full Time. Those that trained part time travelled from distance and I would guess down to travel and accommodation costs this was the reason. This would then account for the fact that players were only being played 'TESCO' wages (rightly so) and we never seemed to finish other part time teams off in the league as game's came to an end. This policy of recruiting local young talent appears to be a good one and long overdue.

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  • georgegordon1  |  July 04 2012, 10:18PM

    I just want to point out to everyone that eatmygoal is a petty person who disagrees with every single thing that I post on here for the sake of disagreeing with me. I totally AGREE with our manager's attitude to recruiting local player but I am 100 per cent certain that my comments regarding employment law are correct. I even (and this is absolutely true, I promise) mentioned this to a very experienced solicitor who specialises in employment law on Monday afternoon (while meeting them about another legal issue) and they agreed that Mr Holdsworth's comments were legally "very close to the mark and potentially illegal." Why on earth do I have so many negative downward red arrows for simply pointing out a statement of legal fact?? Crazy. Some people who visit this website are either very petty or very stupid (or both).

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  • letsmakenoise  |  July 04 2012, 10:02PM

    see you next season lincoln ;)

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  • nigelsparky  |  July 04 2012, 5:09PM

    By the way alltheseyears, his 6 weeks holiday has been spent pounding the streets and working out at they gym! You really don't have a clue alltheseyears do you!!

  • nigelsparky  |  July 04 2012, 5:06PM

    Well said eatmygoal and to add a couple of other points to your comments alltheseyears. They will not have have any further days off now other than the odd rest day which in your world is the equivalent to "Saturday and Sunday". During the season he will have to do the same times and hours as I have previously said even if it is a "Bank Holiday". Whilst you and me are tucking into the turkey at Christmas he will be preparing for some 5 matches in something like 10 days. As for a union it's called the PFA obviously you have not heard of it. Regarding the lifestyle of a footballer, the wages he is on I'll guarantee, you would not get out of bed for. It has been well documented in various quarters, that football needs a "reality check" and get into the "real world" this also applies to the to football fans such as yourself alltheseyears!!

  • eatmygoal  |  July 04 2012, 4:23PM

    alltheseyears. My challenge to you, train as nigelsparky's son does for 5 days. Then drive for 2 hours and see how you get on. Sitting on my backside for 9 hours a day as I tend to and then getting a short train ride home is in my views much easier than even half that time on a training pitch and then having a long commute home. And that includes my lunch hour in the gym. I am not saying I wouldn't have loved to have been a professional footballer and they have a privledged postion but let's be realistic. Flogging players for doing what you wanted to, which essentially what this, is not going to help our chances of winning the league. Saying "well you don't really work as hard as me so put and shut up" to a player is not going to give us the edge over a team with well trained and well RESTED players.

  • alltheseyears  |  July 04 2012, 4:01PM

    "I have to correct you once again alltheseyears,over the hours a professional footballer of today works.My son is a professional footballer who returned for Pre-season training last week. He has to report for 9:00am and finishes his day at 4:30pm then travels home. This is for 5 days a week.He has also been told that he is required to train on Saturday morning for around " - So he works 7 hours a day plus 4 hours on saturday during pre season. = 39 hour week for 5/6 weeks? "These are typically the hours the modern day professional footballer puts in. He finished training last season on the 19th May. Now he is back in training for the new season, he will not get a break until next May." - So he has been on holiday for 6 weeks? "All professional footballers at all levels get fined for various things from not having flip flops on in the showers, being considered overweight,to being late for training etc.the list of what you can be fined for is almost endless. I don't know of any other job where you get fined like they do." - yes I have always thought fining is immoral if not illegal. If it were a proper job with a proper trade union then that should lead to collective action to stop it. - I suggest a better alternative is that they simply are banned from playing for breaches of club discipline - or like the rest of us in the real worl the sack! - Now tell me how many days and hours they train for the rest of the season. Not get a break till next May - what poppycock! Some people don;t know when they are well off.

  • nigelsparky  |  July 04 2012, 3:33PM

    lol yes we do eatmygoal you see I'm not a bad person after all lol

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