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REVIEW: The Lunchtime Kick-off with Leigh Curtis debates who should take over at Lincoln City

By JohnPakey  |  Posted: February 18, 2013

  • David Holdsworth has stepped down as Lincoln City manager by mutual consent.

  • Lincolnshire Echo reporter Leigh Curtis gets to the point.

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It is all change at Lincoln City. David Holdsworth has gone and the club are looking for a new manager. Who do you think should take over? What issues will he face?

The Lunchtime Kick-Off web chat talked all about it with the Echo's Lincoln City reporter Leigh Curtis.

To look back at the conversation just scroll through the live blog below.

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  • KeithRoe  |  February 18 2013, 6:47PM

    Hi Leigh. Looking at your answer to Jack on today's 'Lunch Time Kick-off'. "The club never invested at the right time....." In seasons 2004-05 and 2005-06 KA was in the top third of Pro-Football Costs in League 2. This was achieved by giving the manager the maximum budget and still making a smal profit. In 2010-11 the Pro-Football Costs were £1.4m, possibly in the top three of League 2. Budgets were ignored, relegated to BSP and losses close to £500k. Your argument doesn't stand up to scrutiny. Where was the money coming from to invest at the right time? You may enjoy your footbal, but I'm afraid you don't understand accountancy. A club the size of LCFC should run a tight ship and not spend money they haven't got. Losses of around £1.4m over the last six seasons is proof of this. Don't think you would be too pleased if your boss (wife) continued to overspend for six consecutive years. If the situation had been addressed at the end of 2009-10 things may have been different now. If you get too close and personal with the manager you stand a good chance of getting your fingers burnt.

  • Mikecadwel  |  February 18 2013, 2:15PM

    Hi leigh, As you say this is the most important appointment the directors of city FC will have to make for (we hope ) a long time For me as a long suffering season ticket holder, it is vital that the new manager has a knowledge of good players who will be prepared to join a failing club and play for nearly nothing, to help get this club out of the mess we are in at the moment. This is a massive task but not an impossible task if the right man is brought in now. The board to there credit have done the right thing in getting rid of DH in time to give the new man time to rescue us (hopefully)from another relegation that would as you say be a total disaster for this football club. Each step back in footballing terms takes a lot of time to come back from and I hope this time next year I am a lot happier about the plight of Lincoln City F C than I am now. Mikecadwel

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  • itsjustaride  |  February 18 2013, 1:13PM

    Alan Buckley, proven at this level and only lives 35 miles away

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  • MikeRodgerson  |  February 18 2013, 12:55PM

    Gary Simpson did a very decent job at Macclesfield under difficult circumstances, ultimately a lack of finance and a decimating injury list culminated in their relegation and Simpson's sacking. He has a history of finding players and working on a limited budget. He will also be very keen to get back into the game. I'd have him with Grant Brown as his number 2

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  • theoutworker  |  February 18 2013, 12:42PM

    Mattyimp80 I think you most likely have Leigh's answers in your question.

  • VulcanImp  |  February 18 2013, 11:56AM

    Hi Leigh - My question is what happened following DH being interviewed by yourself after the match where sounded positive about the coming battle to avoid the drop and Sunday afternoon when he walked away?

  • Lincoln_Lad1  |  February 18 2013, 11:46AM

    Looking at the options thrown up I would like to comment on some of the candidates. Grant Brown has stated before that he doesnt want the job nd who can blame him. Its a poisoned chalice thats for sure. Gary Simpson is in the frame for sentimental reasons and not footballing ones. I cant see him being a success. Dave Penney would be beyond our finances I would imagine. Thommo has had h day and a long time ago. For me, the best otions of those mentioned would be Mick Harford, perhaps with Thommo if that landed him. I also like the idea of John Pemberton and a possible link up with Forest for young players on loan. Being a feeder club would not be embarrassing. John Coleman seems the outstanding candidate as he has been here and done it on a shoestring before. If he wants it that is. I'd also through a curve ball and suggest John Beck. It may be ugly but it produced results and thats what we need right now. Maybe Darren Huckerby as player assistant manager? So many options but as always depends who will work for peanuts!

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  • Eximp  |  February 18 2013, 11:28AM

    LCFC are often referred to as the team with no ambition. Do you think the club will be happy to be stable and solvent but in a lower league? Will the fans accept this ?

  • franky68  |  February 18 2013, 10:46AM

    hi Leigh, what about John Pemberton, massive knowledge, and full understanding of game. And now Davies has taken over again at Forest he has been shown the door again. I remember him caretaking the first team at forest, and moved them up there table into very stable position, for the next Mngr.This man deserves better with his know how.I can remember him being in the frame at City not too long ago, can you confirm please.

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  • bigbarry1  |  February 18 2013, 10:30AM

    Leigh- Do you think that posters should post under their real name? Seems there could be exceptional reasons for some people. Should we be prepared to say to peoples faces what we say thro our PC ?

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