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DEBATE: David Holdsworth leaves Lincoln City by mutual consent - what now for the Imps?

By JohnPakey  |  Posted: February 17, 2013

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David Holdsworth has left Lincoln City by mutual consent.

The news comes following a string of poor results which culminated in the club's 3-2 defeat at Hereford on Saturday.

Holdsworth had been in charge of the club since October 2011, saving them from relegation last season.

However, the club finds itself struggling in the lower reaches of the Blue Square Bet Premier table and is now looking for a new boss.

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  • franky68  |  February 18 2013, 1:17PM

    Well said Isambard, agree fully with what you say,. If DH had put the right bodies on the pitch yes I agree we would have been in a respectable position, maybe eve fighting ofr a play-off place, when you think of someofi the poor teams we have played, including Saturdays opponents. Well said. With the right players selected DH could have been sitting pertty in our league. come on boys

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  • Isambard_KB  |  February 18 2013, 9:30AM

    We mostly don't know what goes on behind the scenes. Reg shipped the failing players from the previous regime out and brought in some talented replacements. However, he never stopped tinkering and apart from one short spell last season that helped keep us up and 10 games unbeaten this season which included 3 home draws in the cup the results were woeful. For me the things against him were 1) his negative tactics 2) his team shape particularly in regard to lack of space and compete ball hoofing 3) his strange interviews which made little sense, 4) his constant excuses both after but more worryingly before matches 5) moving on the higher wage earners and replacing them with 2 or 3 smaller wage earners 6) continual reliance on his favourites without others getting a chance 7) unbalanced squad As a club we should be more than capable of being in the top half of this league which with the appropriate amount of home wins would see a 2,000 gate average. I'm not convinced that Grant Brown is the answer but he would get my support for the rest of the season. The game on Saturday against Barrow is now vital. All Imps fans must make every effort to attend and get behind the team. A win would go a long way to putting us in decent shape. A defeat is unthinkable. Up the Imps

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  • Steaderzzz  |  February 18 2013, 7:48AM

    Well, here we are once again.......stability is the only way forward, DH was doing a decent, not great, but decent job. I was thinking about 2 weeks ago who would we get if DH got sacked and I couldnt come up with one name!!! Weaver, No.....Brown, No....Huckerby do me a favour!! We have explored just about every avenue havent we? I bet people are not thinking that Sutton did such a bad job now.....Imps fans be careful what you wish for...... For me it has to be someone who has proven he can do a job on a budget......has to be John Coleman. No crowds, no money just good footballing brain and knows where to get a good player. Say goodbye to most of the squad which is a shame we have some decent players. Dorrian, this next appointment is so key to the future of OUR football club, do not mess it up AGAIN!!

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  • VulcanImp  |  February 17 2013, 6:43PM

    Unless someone comes in with a large amount of cash City will have to settle for somebody who wants to rebuild their reputation after in the lower league after being sacked somewhere else and is prepared to work for peanuts with the present players. We can forget about anybody that is a big name as they won't want to pick up the pieces and risk being at the helm should City be in the bottom four at the end of the season.

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  • bert_bowery  |  February 17 2013, 5:43PM

    Simon Weaver for me. Our very poor defence performances rules Grant Brown out for me, after all he is part of the coaching staff and was a defender!!

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  • redIMPoster  |  February 17 2013, 4:36PM

    It was the right thing to happen - we would be laughing at any other club who were performing like we are and not doing something about it. Like it or not that means sacking the manager (or letting him go). Holdsworth has done the right thing by agreeing to go. True he had good contacts but he was only doing to us what he did to Mansfield in the end. We now need a man manager who can work with who we have right now. The players know that they are letting the club down but a bit of new managerial blood may just enliven them and we can stay safe.

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  • redimp27  |  February 17 2013, 4:11PM

    ''If we do go down it will be the end of Lincoln city F.C.!'' Not necessarily. The path we were following most certainly would have been. It was leading to alienation of and probably permanent loss of most of the fan base. Relegation wouldn't be a disaster if at the same time there were clear signs of change giving hope for the future, as happened in 1988. Lok at the crowds Chester are getting this season compared to when they were in the Lreague, also at how Clubs like Aldershot, AFC Wimbledon, Accrington and others have built momentum from success at a very low level. What we need,and haven't had for many years is a winning team where we expect to win each week, especially at home. That's what will bring people in, at whatever level, rather than the embarrasing repeated capitulations we have regularly seen in recent years.

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  • Phil1W  |  February 17 2013, 4:02PM

    I think we had more chance of stating up with David Holdsworth in charge than without. If we do go down it will be the end of Lincoln city F.C.! The person to take over? Suggestions of managers that have been sacked by other clubs recently don't make a lot of sense. Grant Brown? Maybe until the end of the season then see if he wants he job if he did well? They could try to nick Steve Housham from Gainsborough Trinity! (Tongue in cheek)!

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  • redimp27  |  February 17 2013, 4:01PM

    Be bold and ambitious for once - get Gareth Ainsworth in.

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