After the recent upheaval, Lincoln City must now try to concentrate their minds on the forthcoming match at Southend United.
First team coach Scott Lindsey has been appointed caretaker manager, assisted by goalkeeping coach Paul Musselwhite.
If former manager Chris Sutton can be accused of a lack of passion in the dug-out then the same certainly cannot be said of Lindsey, more or less permanently on his feet and a regular inquisitor of the fourth official, fans may be reminded of the late Keith Alexander in style if not stature.
Lindsey is certainly making all the right noises. “Ultimately we’ve got football matches to win and points to gain and as such must be one hundred per cent focused.
"I’m an upbeat and positive person and I want the players to be too. I want them to enjoy playing for Lincoln City Football Club” he told redimps.com.
“But we’ve got to move quickly starting on Saturday at Southend. They’re a big strong and difficult team to play against; like many are at this level but if we take the positives from our game against Burton on Tuesday into the game then we’ve got every chance of coming away with a result.”
Lindsey agreed with the general consensus that the Burton game was a much improved performance on the previous two. He said: “That was probably the best 90 minutes we’ve turned in all season. We didn’t do a lot wrong and the workrate was terrific, although obviously the lack of goals remains an issue that needs addressing.
“We need to be ruthless in front of goal but if we maintain the standard we set on Tuesday there’s no reason why the tide shouldn’t turn, provided the players remain focused and do the right thing.”
Striker Drewe Broughton concurred. He told the Lincolnshire Echo: “I thought the performance against Burton was probably our best of the season, We played at a high tempo and created the best chances."
Speaking to the official Southend United website, manager Paul Sturrock dodged passing judgment on the situation at Sincil Bank but offered the view that a manager-less team seems to be spurred on.
Furthermore Sturrock is of the opinion that City’s performances have not always received the reward they merited, as alluded to many times by Chris Sutton and Ian Pearce.
Sturrock is well aware that Southend’s home form leaves something to be desired, saying: “We have to be more thoughtful in our approach when the other team has the ball, we’ve been too positive at times , left ourselves very open at the back and haven’t worked hard enough at our shape in home games.”
So, yet again for the Lincoln faithful another new era begins and for Scott Lindsey a chance to show what he can do.
“At the end of the day it’s all about winning matches and we’ll be working with the players to get them fully focused on getting a positive result at Southend," he added.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.