The identity of Lincoln City’s next manager is keeping Imps fans on the edge of their seats and they are making full use of the internet and networking sites to gain the inside track on information.
In a poll in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Echo the front runners in terms of fans’ favourites were John Coleman, manager of Accrington Stanley followed by Steve Tilson, former manager of Southend United who defeated City at the weekend.
Fans got an insight as to whether their preferred choice might turn into reality when Coleman’s assistant, Jimmy Bell let it be known the pair would be interested in talking to the Imps board.
Coleman himself has not exactly discouraged speculation either saying: "You can never rule anything out in football and Lincoln are a big club and the potential of their fan base is massive.
"I've always said if you do not have any ambition, then you are in danger of going backwards – that's something I don't want to happen."
Coleman is currently on a rolling contract and according to the Lancashire Telegraph has waited almost 12 months for a promised three-and-a-half year deal.
There appeared to be less desire amongst the Lincoln faithful for a return of former favourites Steve Thompson and Mick Harford . Thompson is a regular summariser on BBC Lincolnshire’s live match coverage and had previously had some support from listeners but this appears to have cooled, possibly in response to the quality of the supposed other interested parties.
Another name in the frame is former Tottenham Hotspur defender Justin Edinburgh, currently Rushden and Diamonds boss. According to the Daily Mail, Edinburgh is in a shortlist of three alongside Tilson and Luton Town number two Gary Brabin.
Just to add further confusion to the picture the names of neighbours Boston United’s joint managers, Rob Scott and Paul Hurst have also been strongly linked to the vacancy
City chairman Bob Dorrian has now stated: “I don’t think we can afford to gamble again with young up and coming managers. Our view is that we will veer towards bringing in a manager with good League One or League Two experience.”
That would appear to rule out Messrs Brabin, Edinburgh, Scott and Hurst except to say that the last incumbent did not fit the criteria set out by the club when recruited either and the name of Chris Sutton was not mentioned by anyone to this writer's recollection until the day he was appointed.
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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