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Gary Simpson ready to rekindle 'Keith Alexander spirit' at Lincoln City

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

Gary Simpson gets a pat on the back from Lincoln City legend Keith Alexander

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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.

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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.

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  • OldLincolnia  |  February 22 2013, 4:01PM

    Failed Clubs chop and change Managers, winners keep faith and do not keep harping back to the 'good old days' that were never ever as good as some yokels think they were. Time to move on or the future will be the 'derbies' the dopes just love at Boston and Gainsborough, then Grantham and it wont be long before it'll be an away match at Hartsholme every Boxing Day.

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  • joimp  |  February 21 2013, 4:38PM

    its very nice that gary wants to re-live the keith years at lincoln but i think somethings are best left in the past and feel lincoln should move forward in to the future with a new manager and maybe a new board. Whoever we get tho, need to get behind them and show them that the lincoln supporters are just that- supportive. UTI!!

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  • MagicJohnson  |  February 21 2013, 3:36PM

    Cardiffimp - I don't think there will be a shortage of people interested in the job. Despite our current finances we are still a big club at this level and there is genuine potential to achieve something here - a great opportunity for someone to move up a level or to get back on the managerial circuit after a failure higher up the leagues. I personally don't think an affiliation with the club should be part of the criteria for the successful candidate - why limit the field?

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  • MarkG79  |  February 21 2013, 1:58PM

    Agree with CardiffImp on this one, we need someone who can deal with what we have, why I'm thinking Grant might be the man, purely down to him watching the playing train, play, he knows the setup at the club and knows what the youth team can contribute. Whether its a long-term option that's another story but certainly for the next few weeks/end of the season. I'm not completely against Simpson but does he know the extent of the mess at the moment and can it be fixed with the transfer window being closed?

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  • CardiffImp  |  February 21 2013, 12:53PM

    ...I'd have thought now is exactly the right time to have someone who 'loves' the club! To have someone who at the end of the day (season) can just walk away no matter what happens is to me a non-starter. With the current (non-existent?) finances at the moment and probably for some time I can't see that anybody else would realistically want the job - no money to bring in new players and so have to make do with what there is. Simpson or Grant (if he wants it) to me are the only real options at this state of the season. Here's to 3 valuable points against Barrow on Saturday and another 3 against those nasties from Mansfield next week - a bit of payback there hopefully! C'mon you Imps!

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  • redimps1  |  February 21 2013, 12:23PM

    Personally i think it has to be Simpson and/or Coleman for me!Both wheeler dealers on low budgets and lets face the other so called names in the frame are untried/untested at this level apart from Brabin! Lets face it we are at the lowest of the lows and we arent going to get anybody particularly outstanding that we all agree on.Lets hope its not Yeo wanting to come back for his"extra £50" he wanted.Also feel he club needs boardroom changes for anything to happen on the success front!

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  • Alex9999  |  February 21 2013, 9:35AM

    Simpson is not a tactician and that is what we need and what we've been missing over the previous X amount of failed appointments. Yes he loves the club, yes he has contacts but I don't believe he has the tactical 'nouse' which would get us up the league in our current situation. Given the fact the transfer window has closed and he won't be able to get any players in (maybe loans, not sure) before the end of the season, its the wrong time to bring in a manager like Simpson

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