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Lincoln City boss admits Mansfield's Adam Smith will have to take pay cut

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: May 24, 2012

  • Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth is chasing the signature of Adam Smith

  • Goalkeeper Paul Farman has already signed for Lincoln City

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David Holdsworth is trying to convince Adam Smith to take a pay cut and join him at Lincoln City next season.

The Echo can reveal the Imps boss is desperate to sign the winger, with the former Chesterfield wideman destined to leave Mansfield.

It is understood Holdsworth has already sounded out the free agent about a move to Sincil Bank where he spent time on loan in January 2008.

The Imps chief believes he will add much-needed flair to his attack as he aims to avoid a repeat of last season's disappointing finish in the league.

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But with one of the lowest budgets in the club's history, Holdsworth is busy trying to convince the 27-year-old that a move would be worthwhile.

And he hopes that his close off-field relationship with the player will eventually prove decisive in their negotiations.

The duo worked together at Mansfield where Smith scored six goals in the 2009/10 season and became a regular fixture in Holdsworth's starting 11.

Lincoln are not the only club monitoring Smith who is attracting attention from Football League clubs.

Lincoln cannot compete with those wages given their finances which have been hit further by the loss of a £225,000 solidarity payment.

But with the Name Our Stadium cash starting to mount, that could prove extremely handy to Holdsworth in his rebuilding plans.

Having signed Ashley Westwood, Gary Mills, Robert Duffy and Paul Farman this week, he is hoping to make more additions but is astounded by some wage demands.

"Some players will have to lower what they are asking for if they want to come here," said Holdsworth.

"Some of them I have spoken too want far too much compared to the reality of what we can afford.

"It's disappointing, but what it does tell me is that the job I did with no budget last season was a good one.

"I had to manufacture funds on that occasion and I asked for favours. A lot of the players I asked did them for me.

"That's why it was a massive achievement in keeping the club up and I have nothing but admiration for those players who ensured pay wasn't a factor."

Meanwhile, Holdsworth was pleased to add Farman to his squad after he signed a one-year deal yesterday.

It will be the goalkeeper's second stint at the club and effectively ends player of the year Joe Anyon's two-year stay at the club.

"Paul did very well for the club last season and despite having other offers, showed a great desire to come and play for Lincoln," said Holdsworth.

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  • nigelsparky  |  May 28 2012, 11:08AM

    Most probably Dene lol. Judging by all the minus ratings that have all of a sudden appeared under my posts that many of you don't believe me, either that or mr alltheseyears's entire family have been online. Anyway all I'll say is that I have spent most of the last 25 or so years connected in one form or another with the game and my son is also a professional footballer.My advice to the people that read these posts, is do some research guys, Instead of listening to rumours that are always being banded about, by people that clearly have no knowledge of the modern game, and get yourselves into the real world.

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  • dene_cropper  |  May 28 2012, 10:32AM

    nigelsparky i think he is talking about the tilson era. certainly not the david holdsworth era

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  • eatmygoal  |  May 28 2012, 8:15AM

    "so we agree that footballers and actors and musicians are all over paid for their "talent" Not at all, I just find it interesting when footballers are desrcribed as being overpaid, it is an epithet not used for other professions with the equivalent celebrity profile. Fact is that percieved effort alone does not mean you should be paid a certain amount, it is the value of the talent.

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  • nigelsparky  |  May 27 2012, 8:36AM

    20 weeks holiday a year!!!!!! 2 hours a day!!!! please stop it now my sides are killing me with all the laughter

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  • nigelsparky  |  May 27 2012, 8:23AM

    well I am absolutely shocked by the comments made by Mr alltheseyears. How out of touch with the game are you!!!! if indeed you have ever been in touch with it. Where on earth are you getting these figures from??? dear oh dear . I really do think Mr alltheseyears, that you need to go and do some research before you come out with what is pure supposition on your part. You clearly have no idea of how the modern game works , Once you have done that then come back on hear with your facts.

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  • alltheseyears  |  May 27 2012, 12:53AM

    so we agree that footballers and actors and musicians are all over paid for their "talent"?

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  • eatmygoal  |  May 26 2012, 4:27PM

    In relation to your first point I am saying that premiership football generated billions of pounds in sales a year and that the people who are the main protagonists ie the players, deserve a fair slice. 11-a-side games are under pressure at lower level because of a lack of interest more than money. Regarding rest, I was pouting out that a key part of training is resting. This can be counted into the hours that are calculated. It is a misunderstanding of how professional athletes train that is making it seem they are not working. I long for the day the wages debates moves on to musicians and actors...

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  • alltheseyears  |  May 25 2012, 7:38PM

    eatmygoal writes "That football writer may not have noticed that now there are billions of pounds in the game either." Not sure how that matters - there's not billions of pounds in the game - the selfish folks in the Premiership ensure that the billions of pounds is in the Prem - not at the grass roots. E g The F A is very worried about the demise of the 11 a side game for instance partly caused by the lack of funding permeating down from the top (mind it was ever thus). I think the writers point is that footballers will seek to play regardless of the monetary rewards. eatmygoal writes "As for resting, it is at the very best, niave to compare the rigours of a job requiring thinking work with one that involves physical activity and one that requires someone to be in their absolute peak at all times." Not sure what you mean by this - are you saying footballers are thinkers ?? Or are you saying its the physical exertions that shatters them? I don;t understand. Surely everyone needs rest and relaxation to balance their work effort whether its manual or mind work? Why are footballers diffferent? Why should it count as paid work???

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  • HeckingtonImp  |  May 25 2012, 7:07PM

    Alltheseyears! You are spot on!!!!

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  • eatmygoal  |  May 25 2012, 6:16PM

    That football writer may not have noticed that now there are billions of pounds in the game either. As for resting, it is at the very best, niave to compare the rigours of a job requiring thinking work with one that involves physical activity and one that requires someone to be in their absolute peak at all times.

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