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Gary Simpson and Grant Brown are among early front-runners for Lincoln City job

By LeighCurtis  |  Posted: February 18, 2013

Gary Simpson, left, and Grant Brown

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Gary Simpson and Grant Brown are leading the chase to become Lincoln City's new manager after David Holdsworth left the club yesterday.

The Imps boss left Sincil Bank by mutual consent on the back of Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Hereford leaving the club four points off the bottom four in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

City chairman Bob Dorrian, who is currently away,  and the board are now looking for his replacement with Simpson and Brown both early favourites.

Simpson is well known to Lincoln fans having been Keith Alexander's assistant from 2002 to 2006 in which they reached the League Two play-offs on four occasions.

He then followed Alexander to Peterborough and Macclesfield, where he managed the latter after Alexander's death in 2010.

Simpson, renowned for having a wealth of non-league contacts, is said to be desperate to return to the Imps and wants to try to lead them back to the Football League.

Brown is also high up on City's list. The head of youth, who has been installed as caretaker manager, is also under consideration.

Should he be appointed, it would be his first job in full-time management. 

What do you think of Lincoln's current situation? Who should they appoint and why? Quiz Lincoln City writer Leigh Curtis at lunchtime here: http://www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/OPEN-QUESTIONS-Lunchtime-Kick-Leigh-Curtis/story-18157362-detail/story.html#axzz2LF4iTx9g

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  • BurtonRoadImp  |  February 19 2013, 11:42AM

    Trouble is, we're in such a dire position I can't think that very many candidates that do sow an interest will inspire the supporters? Let's face it, Simmo is a failed manager who has had previous ties with the club - and only landed the managers job at Macc through awful tragic circumstances; why would Grant want the job when he has almost a job for life with the youth set up - if he gets sacked as manager he's lost the only club that he really knows. We've got the usual candidates like Thommo who persistently applies and is never successful. Then we've got a load of others that either we've never heard of or have failed in some capacity elsewhere, or that have no experience whatsoever. Either way, we can't be talking about the Ainsworths and league managers any more because unfortunately we just don't have any impact and LCFC wouldn't do anything for anyone's CV at the moment - especially if we did go down. Not only do we have a rotten core in the running of the club with persistent moans of no money, no new manager would really be that interested with there being no ambition set by BD and his cronies. Unfortunately we're going to have to set our aims low and hope that person delivers good. Personally, I really hoped that DH would do well, but apart from one part during the season did he really know what his best 11 was. IMHO, the only ambition that this board has is for us to go down even further, sell the ground and its assets to a property development company, build a new ground at half the price, pocket the difference, and then let the team rebuild from an even lower level like Chester, Wimbledon and Aldershot.

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  • BaptImp  |  February 19 2013, 8:48AM

    Huckerby has said he is not interested, and why would be give up a well paid job with a Premier league side; Ainsworth has also got a job managing and playing in the league, he's not going to give that up and Grant would be foolish to give up the security he has to become manager of the Imps!

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  • Dale_1981  |  February 19 2013, 12:01AM

    Some good suggestions for potential candidates but it's alright shouting out names, they've actually got to apply. John Pemberton is unlikely. His treatment from the board when he applied when Sutton got the job was digusting. Got the full story 'from the horses mouth' so to speak. Grant Browns time at Lincoln would inevitably end in sacking in the near future. Not the way to go for such a long serving legend. A couple of names not mentioned yet are Gareth Ainsworth and Darren Huckerby. Not my choices but may apply nevertheless. Ainsworth has managerial and coaching experience as well as a Lincoln history. Spoke to Darren Huckerby on Facebook the other day, still watches out for Lincolns scores and applied for the job last time round. Has gone quiet and not responded to my direct question of 'are you applying?' Call me totally mad but for me, bring back real ugly football, bring back John Beck!

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  • llakame  |  February 18 2013, 8:48PM

    For what has been happening to lincoln in the past fews years, I don't really care who is in charge, will somebody just get us out of this mess that we are in.

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  • SupervisorM_P  |  February 18 2013, 7:17PM

    I've heard there is a top German who has just made himself available, has BD gone to Rome to interview him...................... we may have to change our nickname to get him though!

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  • redimp45  |  February 18 2013, 5:27PM

    Dh had lost heart and it showed, it is just a pity it has taken this long to realise it, The board and DH should of talked and made a decision weeks ago. I feel sorry for Grant now being put in at the deep end again, personally I believe Grant is better with the youth set up and if the first team manager listened to Grant then a few more good youths could be been used. I hope we get the new manager in sooner rather than later and if the board have anything about them should be several steps ahead of things before DH went. UTI !!!!

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  • alltheseyears  |  February 18 2013, 5:20PM

    I take a dim view of professional football which is probably the most unprofessional of any industry (oh bankers and processed food manufacturers giving it a good run for the money though) but why would some so called manager (most couldn't manage in the real world just in the pretend world of footie) who's unemployed not want to take Lincoln job? What have they to lose? If they manage to keep us up they are a saviour and if we go down they came in too late. Earn a few thousand, not required to move home, put up in hotel and give it a go. Looks good on CV - Saved em - "all down to me" They went down - "no money"

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  • theoutworker  |  February 18 2013, 4:13PM

    Thanks for the confidence in me nigelsparky.

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  • Julianthecsm  |  February 18 2013, 2:33PM

    Jose has long been stating his ambition to manage in England again. I may be jumping to conclusions here but as Real Madrid can't realistically win la ligament this year, it does make me wonder if someone at sb has had a word with him.

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  • nigelsparky  |  February 18 2013, 2:32PM

    One TV pundit said of Huddersfield - it's a good well run club with a dynamic chairman - well there's a big difference for a start. Yes and since Peter Jackson left them in 2007, they are now on their "tenth manager" whilst we are beginning the search for our fifth in the same period!

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