Gary Simpson is ready to rekindle the "Keith Alexander spirit" at Lincoln City – and has players already wanting to join his rescue mission.
The former Macclesfield boss is currently the fans' favourite to succeed David Holdsworth, who left the club by mutual consent on Sunday.
With City primed for another relegation battle, Simpson is desperate to bring the good times back to Sincil Bank where he helped the late Alexander lead the club to four consecutive play-off appearances from 2002 to 2006.
And it is understood he has already taken calls from players who have told him that if he gets the job they would love to join his restoration bid.
Paul Morgan, City's inspirational captain during that era, feels there is no better man for the task.
"Lincoln need someone who has a strong affinity with the club, has been part of a successful team and has a proven track record of finding players," said Morgan, who is currently Accrington Stanley's physiotherapist.
"Gary ticks all those boxes and more and would instantly strike a chord with the fans.
"He is deeply passionate about Lincoln and I know, like all of us who were there at that time, he is shocked at what's happened to the club.
"He has unfinished business there. He knows what it takes to be successful on a small budget having worked alongside Keith at Lincoln.
"Simmo can find players from nowhere and last year he sold five players from Macclesfield on for more than £1m.
"Four of those went to the Championship.
"Is there someone with a better CV than that? I would like to see it if there is. And besides, given how much Gary loves Lincoln, he will work 24 hours, seven days of the week to be successful."
City chairman Bob Dorrian is due to return from holiday on Sunday with the club hoping to make a further announcement in the next seven to 10 days.
Other names in the frame are Grant Brown, who has been appointed caretaker boss and will oversee Saturday's game at home to Barrow and Tuesday night's clash against Mansfield.
Dino Maamria, John Coleman, Marcus Law and Gary Brabin have also shown an interest.