Hello, I would like to begin by saying a warm welcome to everyone in my first column for the Lincolnshire Echo.
I will be penning my thoughts on a number of issues and giving you an insight into life as Lincoln City manager.
In my first column it only seems right to reflect a little on last season.
I've had some tough jobs, but when I arrived at Lincoln last October I had to battle with one of the hardest challenges I have ever faced.
When I arrived, the situation was difficult and some of the attitudes of the players were disgusting and that was something that needed to change.
It has been a long summer of researching the players, but more crucially looking at the characters of these players. They need to be players that the fans deserve to have. Players who the fans know are going to be up there putting themselves on the line for the club. We have not got the resources that were once available and I think we all know that the position the club is in is because of poor investment over the last four years. The fans are well aware of that.
Promotion is not going to be simple. This division can take clubs through the mill. Look at the struggle Oxford had, look at Luton, look at York and look at Mansfield. A lot of clubs are pushing hard. Forest Green Rovers have got some huge investment coming in, the chairman has been willing to back the club and they have got some quality players. Newport County are another club that are moving forward. At Mansfield I was in a situation where I was working hard to help keep the club afloat, now the chairman is throwing money at it.
This season is going to be interesting with the number of clubs who are spending hard to try and chase the dream of promotion to the Football League. A lot of expectations are being raised by chairmen who are willing to open their wallets. Some of the stories I'm hearing are shocking and there are clubs out there in the Blue Square Bet Premier who have budgets which if not exceed very much rival those in League Two.
It is why I enjoy working with Lincoln City. The club is honest about its situation and the fans understand where we are. I want to win, I want to be successful, but we also know a lot of the other clubs out there are throwing cash at it.
This is going to create a very unstable division. I expect there will be a lot of managers who may find themselves out of a job early on because of the high level of pressure that is coming from the big budgets that are being spent. This instability in terms of managers moving also in time creates issues with cash flows. We've seen it time and time again. It does leave me wondering would I want to be in the situation where I have all this cash? No, I'd sooner know what I have, even if it is not much. I would not want to spending money a club did not have and leave it bankrupt.