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EXCLUSIVE: Gary Simpson desperate to rekindle his love affair with Lincoln City

By LeighCurtis  |  Posted: February 18, 2013

Gary Simpson

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Gary Simpson says he is eager for the chance to restore Lincoln City's fortunes after admitting their decline in recent years has been "painful to watch".

The former Macclesfield boss is among the favourites to succeed David Holdsworth, who left the club by mutual consent on Sunday.

Simpson has a strong affinity with Lincoln having been Keith Alexander's assistant for four years as they reached the play-offs during their reign in 2002 to 2006.

But since leaving the club, City have struggled to recapture their former glory and tumbled out of the Football League two years ago.

Now Simpson, who is without a club after a spell at Macclesfield, is keen on repairing the club's pride.

"The last few years have been painful to watch because of what myself and the gaffer (Keith Alexander) achieved there," he said.

"It's a fantastic club which has such a great set of supporters and they will be hurting at what has happened.

"The club has always and will forever have a place in my heart. We had so many good times there with the gaffer and the lads and I'd love to bring those times back.

"The memories of going to Cardiff and the play-offs are among the  best ever and  I would relish the chance of trying to lead them back to where they belong."

Simpson was sacked by the Silkmen last March despite having sold players on for in excess of £1m and leading them on a fabulous FA Cup run.

Yet despite making money and Simpson's pleas to strengthen the squad,  they  slid down the League Two table as injuries also took hold.

When he left, Macclesfield were out of the bottom two as Brian Horton took them down to the Blue Square Bet Premier.

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  • nigelsparky  |  February 19 2013, 12:22PM

    "Gary Simpson didn't have the passion to stay at Lincoln when Peterboro came calling!!!!!!!!! If he wants the job let him explain to all the fans what really happened back then, not just rumours." Yet another stupid punditry statement above this time by hosm_imp! "Passion" please give it a rest eh!. He left because he got offered a better job, with more prospects to further his career, and one would think more money, at a bigger club. Just like me (and I suspect, everyone else in the world), I would leave my current position if someone was to come along and offer me a job with more money and better prospects to further my career. Wouldn't you? Or are you so "passionate" about the company you work for, you would turn down a better offer from another company? Wake up man, these people do what they do for a living!

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  • Hecky_imp  |  February 19 2013, 9:33AM

    *I just hope the Chairman and Board remember why he left the club previously!!!

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  • hosm_imp  |  February 19 2013, 9:14AM

    Gary Simpson didn't have the passion to stay at Lincoln when Peterboro came calling!!!!!!!!! If he wants the job let him explain to all the fans what really happened back then, not just rumours.

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  • BaptImp  |  February 19 2013, 8:42AM

    Hi redimposter You don't have to believe me just pop down to Hunters Leap and ask big Steve yourself and then make your own mind up! I am sure he would also tell you why, inspite of this, he would still jump at the opportunity of managing the Imps again.

  • Spilsby  |  February 19 2013, 8:22AM

    ChickenBob - if you can't say then don't say at all. It adds nothign at all to the debate.

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  • CardiffImp  |  February 19 2013, 8:01AM

    ....alex180992 it would appear that some of the supporters have lost their sense of humour in these dire times. Dark days at the moment but I'm sure things will not quite get to the state that we get relegated again (don't quote me on that)! Whoever gets chosen to lead the 'elite' will have an extremely tough time and all we can really hope is that he can galvanise the lads into a team that want to play and give their best so at least we stay up! Next season will be more interesting but would ultimately like to see Gary Simpson long term (and with a change of board of course). Paulo would be an excellent choice of manager of course - but I think asking him to manage us for nothing or next to it might make him change his mind! The only way is up (yes it is) - c'mon you Imps and here's to 3 points against Barrow on Saturday!

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  • ChickenBob  |  February 19 2013, 12:52AM

    Simpson is a nice idea, but it's never going to happen in a zillion years while Bobby D is in charge. Don't ask me how I know, I just do. Good try Leigh, but you know as well as I do that Simpson is off the agenda permanento.

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  • Alex180992  |  February 18 2013, 9:08PM

    It was a joke for whoever rated that, geez...

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  • Alex180992  |  February 18 2013, 7:26PM

    Paolo even, sorry

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  • Alex180992  |  February 18 2013, 7:26PM

    Bring in Paulo Di Canio! He's just resigned from Swindon Town UTI

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