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Furious Lincoln City boss cancels contract talks until results improve

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth

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David Holdsworth has warned his Lincoln City squad they are playing for their futures and vowed to shelve contract talks until results improve.

The Lincoln boss is still seething at Tuesday night's 4-2 defeat at Southport where his side produced one of the worst defensive displays of the season.

City were 3-0 down inside 32 minutes in a poor performance which prompted a furious Holdsworth to send out his players early for the second half.

The City boss then hauled his side in for training yesterday as punishment rather than give the players the day off.

And he has told his squad, the majority of which are out of contract in the summer, that they can forget talk about new deals for now.

"If the players are expecting me to talk to the chairman on their behalf about a new deal, then I need better than what they gave me against Southport," he said.

"That performance was not good enough and I would not be making any recommendations based on the characteristics I saw on Tuesday night.

"If you were a scout in the stands you would have looked at our team and not ticked any boxes because, defensively, we were not good enough.

"If anybody expects to be rewarded then, sorry, they are barking up the wrong tree.

"I won't be happy until I see stronger attitude in terms of putting your head on the ball.

"I will not lose faith in the players, but we need consistency from them."

Having blown his top at Tuesday's disappointing display, the City boss was set to shore up his defence with another centre-back.

This week he signed Chris Bush on a month's loan from Gateshead, a defender who can play left-back.

But a knee injury to Scott Garner has left Lincoln short of central defenders and he hopes to make another addition before Saturday's home clash with Newport.

"I need another defender because losing Scott Garner was a huge blow," he said.

"Peter Gilbert is still not fit and Paul Robson has been playing out of position.

"He is not a natural left-back which is why I brought Chris in.

"When you bring in players you have to bring them in for the right reasons.

"We cannot bring players in for the sake of it."

Holdsworth, meanwhile, was set to address Lincoln City Supporters' Trust members tonight at a question and answer forum at Sincil Bank.

Several players will also be on hand to answer questions.

The event begins in the Trust Suite at 8.15pm.

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  • franky68  |  January 15 2013, 1:41PM

    Nigel: Ferguson like DH persevered a bit too lng with Ferdinand & Vidic whom he heavily relied upon now, it looks like he may loose both for how long I wonder. Ferdinand has had that back injury for how long tell me?? Sometimes he had to put Carrick at the back. No I am not a Man U supporter,thank you.How much money has he had at his disposal since selling Ronaldo?? come on boys

  • nigelsparky  |  January 14 2013, 10:05AM

    Hey Franky you best tell Mr Ferguson and his peers that little nugget then matey :) Oh no silly me, they never change a winning team do they!!! must be my imagination :)

  • franky68  |  January 12 2013, 10:56AM

    Redimposter: Re your second post, re Miller/ Gray. You do not change a winning side as was with Dartford game, FA Cup to follow or not.I did speak to an ex pro yesterday and his reply was WHAT, cause you don't come n boys Mind you he was a yester-year player for what difference tht makes in the game of football.

  • plumbob70  |  January 11 2013, 12:18PM

    I'm happy with the ratings police!!! 21 up arrows!! On that basis, I reckon I might apply for the job when DH is eventually hounded out! Or at least go into politics.

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  • franky68  |  January 11 2013, 12:16PM

    DH must include as well with improvement to his selection process, whos loosing the plot. come on boys

  • TB78WHlNE  |  January 11 2013, 10:18AM

    "Looks like the ratings police are at it again!!" I love the way the delusional moan about the ratings system as soon as their comments go red. What's the matter, can't your fragile ego cope with the idea that more people disagree with you than agee? :-p

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  • redIMPoster  |  January 10 2013, 8:30PM

    BTW - I do agree with Franky68 re: Gray and Miller. DH should stick with what he knows works.

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  • malvern2001  |  January 10 2013, 8:28PM

    Looks like the ratings police are at it again!!

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  • redIMPoster  |  January 10 2013, 8:28PM

    If you have a problem with what Holdsworth is saying here you are either: a) unemployed b) unemployable or c) a footballer

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  • malvern2001  |  January 10 2013, 8:27PM

    Clearly the players are not playing for him and he has lost their confidence. More revolving door medicine probably.Youv've lost it when you publicly berate your players and it usually ends up with the manager on his way, but not in Bob's wonderland.

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