Tilson and Brush hit the ground running

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Steve Tilson wasted no time in getting to grips with the Imps’ lethargic start to the season, taking a training session BEFORE Monday’s scheduled introduction to the press. 

Seasoned hacks must be licking their lips at the thought of all this positivity as he firstly praised the board of directors for their ambition and cited this as a major factor in his coming to Lincoln. 

This writer can seldom recall a more widespread acceptance of a new manager and if this particular appointment is not successful then the fans will have to blame themselves as much as the board such was the groundswell of support and goodwill for the former Southend schemer and his assistant.

When a team languishes at the wrong end of the table, even at this early stage it is obvious that there is much work to be done and in the absence of a pot of gold to fund player recruitment the management have to use their people skills to form an unbreakable bond between the squad, to have them running through the proverbial brick wall for each other. 

It worked for John Beck, who was not at the Bank long enough to see the last promotion for a City team but who was the architect behind it. Once again Tilson came up with the quote the fans wanted to hear; "Team spirit is so important and you have to have a group of players who like and get on with each other because, at any level, that makes a huge difference," he said.

"That's something I instilled at Southend, and if it's not here at Lincoln, and I've only been here a day, then myself and Paul Brush will do our best to make it right."

Brush himself was on message, adding: "We're so up for starting to make this club better, to bring more people in and have more people talking about, thinking about and wanting to be around this football club.

"Young kids can have Manchester United as their second team but we want them to support Lincoln City and go to their matches.

"Steve was brilliant in the community at Southend, people wanted to be part of it and wanted to see success and we had a crowd who got on well with us because we got on well with them and that transferred to lifting the players."

A breathless start then, and the word on the networking sites indicates that supporters who perhaps haven’t been to the Bank recently might feel compelled to come down to see what it’s all about. They could do just that this Saturday when the Imps are at home to Stockport County.

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