Having team spirit is a good start, says new Imps boss

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Lincoln City’s new manager did not officially start his new role with the Imps until today although he was at Shrewsbury to see his new charges beaten 2-0 on Saturday in what was described on the club's official web site as an undeserved defeat. 

Steve Tilson is undeterred by the setback and told the Thurrock Gazette: “It’s great to be a manager again and I’m very pleased to have been given the Lincoln job. It had been a frustrating time for me just sitting at home and twiddling my thumbs. 

"My cooking did become a lot better during that time, but it wasn’t a good situation for me. It’s football management I want to do, it’s my passion and that’s why I’m so pleased to have been given the Lincoln job.” 

Tilson will have no illusions as to the task he and assistant Paul Brush have taken on, replacing Chris Sutton and Ian Pearce, but sees some positives in the performances he has witnessed so far. 

“I’ve seen Lincoln’s last few games and one thing they do have is team spirit which is very important,” he added.  

“Everyone was together and if you have that then you always have a chance. If we can build on that and then maybe bring in a couple of players on loan to improve the squad strength then who knows what might happen.” 

The new boss hit the right note in his first interview with Imps Player too, stressing the need for players to enjoy what they are doing and pledged to show enthusiasm and encouragement to the players. Tilson understands that City need to get the fans enthused as well to get attendances back to the level they were at a few seasons ago. 

He said it is important that players are seen out an about in the community and that he will be concentrating on getting youngsters in to watch home games, something the club have been anxious to do and words that the fans had rather been hoping to hear from the previous management duo, an aspect of management which was a particular strength of former incumbent Peter Jackson. 

The bottom line, as ever in football is results and the new gaffer will aim to start off in positive mode with three points at home to Stockport on Saturday. 

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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