It's time for the Imps to start moving forward again

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Lincoln City’s new manager has been named as Steve Tilson.

The board of directors have awarded a two and a half year contract to the new boss whose immediate concern will be to move the Imps away from the lowly position they occupy at present and continue the improvement in morale amongst the players and indeed the supporters engendered by stand-in manager Scott Lindsey. Lindsey will stay on as first team coach and can be congratulated on a job well done as caretaker.

It has become clear over the last few days that the former Southend boss is the fans preferred choice and the new man can be satisfied that he has beaten a good quality field to land the Sincil Bank hot-seat. Early polls made the front runner John Coleman, manager of Accrington Stanley but how much of a possibility that was is a moot point as it is unlikely Coleman actually applied for the position or that the club approached him.

These things are usually clouded in mystery but it certainly did Coleman no harm as he now has the new contract that had eluded him for 12 months. Possibly City’s interest was no more than good timing for him but he certainly knows now if he didn’t before that he has many admirers amongst the Imps faithful.

Steve Thompson and Mick Harford saw their bid for the vacancy thwarted, Thompson has of course already had a shot at the job and Harford will have to be content with his legendary status as a player in the minds of the fans.

Apart from the obvious, Graham Taylor, former players, even great ones have not inspired as managers of the club as the Sam Ellis episode confirmed although John Schofield looked as if he was going to produce a wonderful team before lack of reinforcements, or rather quality reinforcements brought him down to earth with a bump. Keith Alexander was successful but still no promotion.

Steve Tilson is no stranger to the Imps having managed Southend United to victory in City’s second play off disappointment at Cardiff. If he can mastermind a similar feat with Lincoln there will definitely be no hard feelings.

All that remains then is for this writer to wish our new manager all the very best of good fortune in his time with the club and to express the hope that he can get this particular minor juggernaut off the slip road and in to the fast lane. Good luck from Imps fans everywhere.

As was confirmed on Thursday Scott Lindsey will once again be responsible for team matters at the weekend and fans will be hoping for more of the same from the caretaker manager who masterminded an improved performance and entertaining game at home to Macclesfield that left fans wondering why Lindsey had not thrown his hat in to the ring and gone for the vacancy himself.

Lindsey emphatically distanced himself from the position but said that he wanted to remain at City and it has now been announced that the club will retain the services of the popular coach.

Lindsey told the assembled press that he was satisfied with the performance and with the result against Macclesfield.

“It was pleasing all round, with the way the players reacted after they scored as well because in the past we’ve drawn level or gone one down and heads have dropped and I think they’ve stuck to the task which I was really pleased with," he said.

When asked if he saw the win as a turning point added: “I’d like to think so, obviously there’s still a long way to go, can we be consistent? We must be consistent with our performances but it was plain to see when Moses (Swaibu) scored the joy of the players and the togetherness, you can see that they want to do well."

The temporary boss revealed that Drewe Broughton was due to train on Thursday and that Andy Hutchinson is two to three weeks from fitness so just Paul Green as a long term absentee.

Unsurprisingly Lindsey is expecting a tough game at Shrewsbury but confirmed that the combative Scott Kerr is pushing for a start, following his return to the side as a substitute against Macc. He said: “We all know what Scott can do, I think he’s the type of player who livens the tempo up a bit, he’s the type of player to spark something off, I think we needed that”

This will be Scott Lindsey’s last game as manager and he sees no reason why he should not sign off with a win. If he does that would be a rarity: back to back wins and a 2:1 win ratio, not bad going in anybody’s book and an excellent way to start the Tilson era at Lincoln.

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