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Lincoln Ladies looking for swift appointment of big-name manager

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 22, 2012

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  • Jess Clarke (left) has agreed a new deal with Lincoln Ladies for next season

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Lincoln Ladies are looking to make a swift appointment for their new manager.

Having sacked Glen Harris, the club is eager to find his replacement as the winter recruitment drive kicks in.

Lady Imps chief executive Luke Negus-Hill revealed they are in a race against the clock to find the big name manager they want.

"We have made it clear we want a well-known figure in the women's game and we need to seal their appointment soon," said Negus-Hill.

"At the moment we are approaching a critical point in terms of players considering deals for next season."

At present, England internationals Jess Clarke and Sophie Bradley have put pen to paper on new deals.

And Negus-Hill hopes that they can add to their squad when a new person takes up the manager's hotseat.

"Our aim is to have a boss who will bring that extra quality to the club, but also to make sure they are in place soon to make that happen," said Negus-Hill.

"They will not be doing the bread and butter of the work until the pre-season kicks in, but we need to have a person in place so players know what we are about."

The manager's role at Lincoln Ladies next season is set to be a full-time post.

For Negus-Hill it is a clear indication of the ambition of the club and the steps forward they are making.

"This will be our third season (in the Super League) and we are looking to progress further on and off the field," said Negus-Hill.

"By having a manager who is full time we hope we can push further up the table.

"But also behind the scenes we are developing our staff.

"Our benefactor, Ray Trew, is investing more into the club and that is not just about cash, it is about time as well.

"We are aiming to employ a couple of players in community roles and, with support from the Football Association, we will be employing someone to promote the club."

As for the future location of the Lady Imps, Negus-Hill refuted suggestions the club was set to move out of the city.

Trew is also the owner of Notts County. However, Negus-Hill has said the club are striving to seal a deal with a venue in Lincoln.

"We are facing a number of issues regarding the ground," said Negus-Hill.

"At present we've been well looked after by the people at Lincoln United and have played our home games this season at Ashby Avenue.

"That has worked well, but the pitch at times during the summer has been difficult to play on.

"Ideally we would like to arrange something with Lincoln City and Sincil Bank.

"However, our season runs when they are doing maintenance to their pitch.

"We hope to have something sorted out soon, but our aim is to remain in the city."

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  • Spilsby  |  October 22 2012, 10:21AM

    I understand the need for pitch maintenance. But I think the positive connection of the lady imps is one that LCFC should not miss out on - I hope ego's do not get in the way of doing the right thinf for the city.

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