After a stop-start season, Sutton quotes ‘personal reasons’ for his and Ian Pearce's departure. Conjecture in the press at the weekend and amongst the fans, was whether Sutton's heart was still in the job and he certainly looked chastened as he walked out to take his place in the dug-out last night.
Ironically the team produced a much-improved performance against the Brewers and the fans appeared to be as happy as fans ever are with a nil-nil draw at home.
There is no doubt about it that some supporters were getting restless and, in these days of internet message boards and the local paper inviting comment to their articles, it has not been difficult for fans to voice their discontent.
The board of directors have stated, however, that they were resolute in their support for the manager and are disappointed in the manner of his departure. Sutton will have known of course that if the team were in a similar league position at Christmas time then that support might not necessarily have been so firm.
For this fans, the highlight of Sutton's reign has been the quality of footballers brought in on loan, chiefly of course Davide Somma who will be credited with retaining the club’s league status by many. Messrs Herd, Baker, Lichaj, Saunders, apologies if any have been left out, will live long in the memory also.
Many fans criticised Sutton's interview technique and saw a lack of motivation in his pronouncements but this correspondent quite enjoyed his deadpan irony.
The quality of player brought in permanently was also pleasantly surprising but the lack of a natural goalscorer was always going to come to the fore at some time or other, Sutton often repeated his frustration citing lack of funds but a club like Lincoln, having come through administration, was always going to err on the side of caution.
Fans will naturally now turn their attention to the identity of the new incumbent and no doubt many suggestions will be put forward. For the moment it would only be right to thank Chris Sutton and Ian Pearce for their not inconsiderable efforts to improve City's standing.
Ian Pearce's performances as a player have been much appreciated and the fans are aware that these have been at some physical cost.
As always these comments are those of the writer and other supporters may and do disagree with them. I would simply wish Chris and Ian all the very best for the future.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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