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EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Luton Town assistant manager Kevin Watson in the chase for vacant Lincoln City hotseat

By JohnPakey  |  Posted: February 19, 2013

Former Luton Town assistant manager Kevin Watson has applied to be Lincoln City manager

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Ex-Luton Town assistant manager Kevin Watson has emerged as the latest name to be put forward to replace David Holdsworth as Lincoln City boss.

Holdsworth left Sincil Bank by mutual consent on Sunday by mutual consent following a run of 11 games which brought just one win.

Several names have been linked to the post, including caretaker Grant Brown, former Lincoln City assistant manager Gary Simpson and even ex-Hull City striker Dean Windass.

And the Lincolnshire Echo understands Watson has thrown his hat into the ring.

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The former Totteham Hotspur’s trainee was assistant to manager Mick Harford as the Hatters beat Scunthorpe United 3-2 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in 2009.

Watson remained on the coaching staff at Luton under Richard Money until 2010.

As a player, Waston enjoyed four promotions to the Championship in his career, twice as captain for Rotherham, once for Reading and finally he was instrumental in leading underdogs Colchester United to the second flight in 2006.

During his time he has built up a wealth of contacts at the top end of the game which include Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew.

His application will be a joint one with up and coming non-league coach Jody Brown tipped to be his assistant.

Brown, who coaches at Norwich City’s academy, has a wealth of knowledge at all levels of the non-league game.

He was key to helping Ryman League side Redbridge enjoy a lucrative FA Cup run where they reached the second round after beating Oxford United 2-1. As assistant to boss Terry Spillane, they were finally stopped by then League Two leaders Crawley, a side 106 places above them in the football pyramid.

Brown moved with Spillane to Maldon & Tiptree, and the club is now 10-points clear at the top of Ryman League North Division.

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  • CardiffImp  |  February 23 2013, 7:46AM

    .... aye up franky you must be as old and daft as me to be following the mighty Imps for over 40 years :) Anyway altogether now ....'always look on the bright side of life...... - c'mon everbody sing up!!! Imps to beat Barrow 5-1 and then beat Mansfield 2-1 with the winner coming in injury time - so that's for not letting us play Liverpool and also saying we'll see you again next season cos you're going nowhere! C'mon you Imps!

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  • franky68  |  February 22 2013, 8:37PM

    Nigel I agree with everthing you say in your 1st post, that is if that person would take the job on City's budget, but we can only hope we can get someone who can do everything you have stated in that post, and on City's budget. I think the person at the club with that sort of commitment is undoubtly Grant Brown along with Chris Moyses, give them every chance first. They did alright alongsde DH, good job they were there on the coaching side. It was the selection process the problem with DH, it will be interesting to see their selections now. I think Nick Barmby, as a former 110% player and his early success at hull for a young manager was outstanding, and al lof a sudden somebody at Hull wanted him out for Bruce. Wold not be a bad choice, they coul do worse. Old lincolnia:With total respect, This is the way to stay positive about your club you have followed for over 40 odd years. come on boy

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  • nigelsparky  |  February 22 2013, 5:45PM

    However I think the "hairdryer treatment" is slightly over stated where he is concerned and is not a blanket style. He knows how to "man manage",and tactically has become very modern and astute over the years. I can always remember him saying after a champions league defeat at the hands of Real Madrid at Old Trafford back in, I think 2000?, where he said no team of his will ever be so "open again" having been torn apart by a guy called Redondo. He has pretty much achieved that. Anyway at Lincoln, I would like to see someone in the "Mourinho" mould or the "Villa Boas" mould. These are modern managers that think about the game, can see problems when they occur, and are not afraid to change it straight away. Mourinho is the more charismatic of the two, loves playing with the press and media, and oozes personality. If someone like Mourinho or Villa Boas were to take charge, I am pretty confident that we would gain promotion back to the football league without any additions to the current squad.

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  • nigelsparky  |  February 22 2013, 5:09PM

    He probably would Gazza, however I'm not entirely sure we hear the true goings on at that particular club.

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  • gazzatheimp  |  February 22 2013, 3:45PM

    Some good points Nigel for your selection process for a manager but I think a certain manager in Manchester may slightly disagree with your thoughts on "the hairdryer treatment" being of yesteryear and not bringing out the best in the players. I know we have no idea as to who will apply but I would love to know who you would like to see as next manager assuming the club could afford him.

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  • eatmygoal  |  February 22 2013, 11:07AM

    Seriously?! The word ac umen is blocked?

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  • eatmygoal  |  February 22 2013, 11:06AM

    I agree with that Nigel. I don't know how we pick it up in interview or what has been said by them before, but we need a manager who is happy to be immersed in Lincoln City Football Club and in Lincoln. We have had a string of managers who have not lived in the city and have not achieved half as much as the great man who lived round the corner from me in Dunholme. I think at the level we are at now it is integral. The football knowledge and ac***en comes as standard but it sits uneasily with me having a manager commuting to the city.

  • Sweepclean  |  February 21 2013, 11:22PM

    Well Nigel according to Vital Lincoln Nick Barmby has applied and he did pretty good at Hull until he had a tiff with the management

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  • nigelsparky  |  February 21 2013, 9:20PM

    It would appear that I have ruffled a few feathers here. I have, in my opinion, not been "nasty" towards Thompson at all. Just merely commenting on what I see. However having seen some of the comments and remarks some of you have made regarding the board of directors and previous managers, the term "pot calling the kettle black" tends to spring to mind! Anyway one thing I learnt a very long time ago when applying for a job, and that is "you never get a second chance to create a first impression", and someone's appearance says a lot about that person. Your question gazzertheimp is a good one. If it was me that was set the task of finding Holdsworth's successor, I would initially sift through the CVs looking for the ones that "jump" out at me, putting them into 3 piles, "yes" "maybe" and "no". I would then call in the "yes" for an interview. In the "yes" pile, I would be looking for someone who is young, vibrant, someone who can demonstrate strong "modern" man management skills, that has the ability to get into the heads of the playing staff and find out what makes them"tick", understanding what each individual is capable of, and what their limitations are. Someone, who during a game, is not frightened to change things as soon as he sees his tactics or formation etc. not working, instead of waiting till the magical 60th minute to make a change. Someone who is approachable by everyone at the club, someone who makes it enjoyable, from the playing staff, down to the stewards and programme sellers, to come to work. Someone who will embrace the youth set up and bring our "home grown" talent through, not only into the squad, but actually onto the pitch. These attributes are every bit as important, if not more so, as any coaching qualification. Too many managers and coaches in English football, lack "modern" man management skills, using management styles that date back to the 30's. Ranting and raving, throwing tea cups against walls (the hair dryer treatment) are from yesteryear. The players are still "kids", and by ranting and raving at them, will not bring the best out of them. Overall we do have a decent squad, as I have yet to see another team in this league,that I thought "wow" they are so much better than us, not one. So we need that someone who can breathe confidence into the squad, galvanise them into a team, a team to be feared, a team the fans can be proud of. Although I haven't put any names forward, as I do not know who has applied for the job,these are some of the attributes I would be looking for in my search.

  • MagicJohnson  |  February 21 2013, 2:30PM

    I think NigelSparky should concentrate a bit more in his day job with the Diplomatic Service. However I agree with his general point about Thommo - there are dozens of ex-pros about with a bit of management/ coaching experience that could do the same and keep us ticking along but what would the point of that be? He doesn't especially know the league we are in, hasn't been coaching (as far as I know) for a number of years and has done Ok rather than achieved any great success in the past. His connections to Lincoln (as for any other candidate) are irrelevant to his suitability for the job. Regarding Grant Brown - he hasn't shown any great enthusiasm to take the job and until that changes then it seems pointless to include him in our list of possibles. To my mind, we need to be looking to give someone a chance who has been successful at this or a lower level

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