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Lincoln City boss David Holdsworth says Bradley Barraclough's move to Gainsborough was down to 'football reasons'

By JohnPakey  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

Bradley Barraclough in action for Gainsborough Trinity earlier in the season while on loan from Lincoln City

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Lincoln City boss David Holdsworth has refused to comment over the missed financial opportunity of Bradley Barraclough's move to Gainsborough Trinity.

Barraclough had been on loan at the Blues earlier in the season, and when his deal came to an end a bid of £6,000 put forward by the Northolme side in the January was turned down by Lincoln.

However, the striker was released by mutual consent on Thursday evening and signed for Blue Square Bet North side Gainsborough for nothing.

"I leave the financial part of it to the two clubs," said Holdsworth.

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"I only focus on the football side in this matter, and in that respect the move is good for Bradley.

"He is at the stage of his career that he needs games and he will get them now.

"At Lincoln we have players like Jamie Taylor, Vadaine Oliver, Colin Larking and young Conner Robinson who have all got ahead of him in the pecking order.

"This move will give him the chance to go on and develop his game and I wish him the best."

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  • redimp27  |  February 17 2013, 11:03AM

    ''you cannot simply carry on spending more than your income,as there will be a day of reckoning (parallels to this governments austerity measures). To use the very fashionable word of the moment, it's a question of "sustainability". '' Nigel, I agree. The key point though is that you should only cut non productive spending, not the essential stuff that generates future income. I take your point about the facts indicating that Gainsborough may be as badly run as we are. However over a long period now we have seen consistent evidence that LCFC has become a shambolic organisation, and a failure to properly communicate with another club over something as routine as the terms of a loan transfer does not inspire confidence.

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  • ChickenBob  |  February 16 2013, 6:22PM

    PS Brilliant post RedImp27.

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  • nigelsparky  |  February 16 2013, 6:22PM

    Redimp I agree with some parts of your post, however you claim you have years of experience in the business world, which if true, then you should know better than most on here, that you cannot simply carry on spending more than your income,as there will be a day of reckoning (parallels to this governments austerity measures). To use the very fashionable word of the moment, it's a question of "sustainability". I agree it appeared that the board didn't have a contingency plan in place when we were relegated from the football league, however it is my understanding that the funding the club were receiving from the football league, would have continued into last season, in the form of a parachute payment. So quite why the club saw fit to get rid of all but 3 or 4 of the playing staff at the end of that season was puzzling, giving the appearance of "panic". In my view, that squad of players were strong enough to mount a serious challenge for immediate promotion back to the football league. Whilst the latter part of the "Barraclough" story does seem a strange one from a financial point of view, initially Lincoln had done nothing wrong, which was vindicated by the FA, meaning Gainsborough's allegations were unfounded, thus giving the very embarrassing appearance,that someone at Gainsborough hadn't read the paperwork properly. So quite how Gainsborough's embarrassment can be construed as an indication that Lincoln are a poorly run club is a mystery to me. Anyway I do agree that there have been some poor decisions made by the board, certainly in terms of managerial sackings and the timing of those sackings.

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  • ChickenBob  |  February 16 2013, 6:21PM

    SouthernImp - a recent investment of about 10k HAS been quietly made into the holding company. This is by someone who has been mentioned publicly before as being "the next big investor" in the Club. Clearly he is not that big an investor if aoll he has done is bought 10 grand's worth of shares in a cast-iron holding company!!!!! I am not sure why it has been kept so quiet, but speaking as an accountant, I am guessing it is because the board are embarrassed by how small the investment is. I am also sceptical as to why the investment has been made as shares in the holding company. (NOTE TO ECHO - please do not delete this post. It is a matter of public record on Companies House website that is view-able by any member of the public).

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  • southernimp  |  February 16 2013, 12:53PM

    As I have been saying this club is now in free full, no leadership unless they can prove otherwise NOW, where are the investors that were mentioned . Plus a squad of players that stutter from week to week against any level whether full or partime These are worrying times.

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  • Leeroy134  |  February 16 2013, 11:51AM

    Redimp what a brilliant post. Agree with everything you say. If the board don't act now like they didn't do when Tilson was in charge and we didn't win any of our last 10-11 games then we could End up down again

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  • redimp27  |  February 16 2013, 10:10AM

    There are many things wrong with what is happening at Lincoln City FC. In my view one of the major problems is the ingrained obsession the Board have with money - which comes from the man at the top. Dorrian panicked when we were relegated. It was clear at the time that he had no contingency plan in place for what to do if we were relegated (unlike other clubs this has happened to). He just buried his head in the sand and hoped it wouldn't happen. All his comments in the weeks following the Aldershot debacle showed his only focus was on the reduction in income. So what did he do? Reduced the playing budget still further, leading to arguably the cheapest and most inept bunch of players ever to form a squad at any so called professional club. The inevitable result was alienation of the fans and a further reduction in income. There are parallels here with the austerity measures of the current government - with similar disastrous results - of an overzealous reduction in spending leading to further reductions in income leading to a spiral of decline. Contrast this with the club's approach in 1988, when they bravely acknowledged that they'd not invested enough on the playing side, rectified this as soon as we went into the Conference, re-engaged the fans and quickly got back in the League. The Club's current strategy relies on blind loyalty from a large proportion of the Club's fan base. The bad news is they are not going to get that. The major reasons are that from the evidence they see on the pitch week after week the playing standards are desperately low (although marginally better than last season), and the fans have no faith in the Board to rectify this. The Board have consistently made bad managerial appointments, and failed to get rid of Tilson quickly enough when he'd clearly lost both the plot and any interest in the job. Holdsworth is a decent man doing his best, and although I am not totally convinced he has the footballing nous to do what we need, he is not the main problem here. This latest Barraclough fiasco, and the allegations made by Gainsborough, do not indicate we have a well run Club. I am sure I'll get a torrent of red arrows, and probably have this post quietly removed. I have however supported this Club for nearly 50 years, and have a lot of experience in the business world. I can see that things are going badly wrong with our football Club. In my view the best way for things to improve is for removal of the current Board and for new investors to come in. If no new investors are going to do this, the only options are oblivion, BSP North or lower obscurity, or for the Board to wake up and smell the coffee. Which is it to be?

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  • adamcayhall  |  February 16 2013, 8:33AM

    Gainsborough will be in the Conference next year and finish higher than the Imps in their first season That will show how far Lincoln have come or not

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  • Resurrection  |  February 15 2013, 9:50PM

    Can anyone tell me at the Football Club for what 'football reasons' did the club fail to keep in contact with Bradley in his time on loan at Buxton and took no interest whatsoever? The lad deserves better. Good luck to him.

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  • MacImp  |  February 15 2013, 8:53PM

    Inexplicabe, unbelievable, inept!

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