Brush: Let’s see what we’ve got before sweeping changes

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Now that the dust has begun to settle after what seems like weeks of feverish activity and speculation it will be good to get down to Sincil Bank to watch a football match.

Lincoln City’s new management team, Steve Tilson and Paul Brush, must be looking forward to getting down to the serious business of plotting a rise in the fortunes of the club too.

For a team with such a propensity to leak goals the fact that the club are down to two fit centre halves will not be the ideal backdrop to engineering a morale boosting home win against Saturday’s opposition, Stockport County.

Nevertheless the manager and his assistant are no strangers to fashioning results from unpromising material and are well aware of the task they face. Furthermore the duo have pledged to give the existing squad a chance to impress.

“Yes, we want to freshen things up but we have been impressed with the group in training,” Brush told the Lincolnshire Echo.

“We could have brought a coach load of new players in already, we know that some of the players we have been recommended would do the right job but because they are playing in a league or two higher, the difference in wages is huge.

"You have to work within your budget and your limitations and they cause you extra frustration. Other players we are being recommended are very young and we can't take too many of them because, even if they do well, they are still not the leaders we need out on the pitch.”

That statement has hit the nail on the head, and the new management have said the team need some generals out on the pitch so the decibel count is as relevant as skill when recruiting new members.

Gavin McCallum spoke at Steve Tilson's first pre-match conference and said in addition to the usual training sessions the team had been indulging in some team building exercises designed to get the young squad talking to each other more.

Despite the earlier comments regarding the squad Tilson clearly would like to bring in new faces but not at any price. “I've made so many calls and there may be a signing on Friday but it's been difficult," he said.

"I'm trying to get players to come to a side fourth from bottom in League Two.”

Meanwhile, talking of feverish, Stockport boss Paul Simpson has arranged for his squad to have flu injections, he told the Manchester Evening News: “We've got to take all the precautions possible because we can't afford to lose a couple of players with flu.

"If the players who refused flu jabs get ill, they won't get paid that week. Our squad is still very thin and we've got to do everything we can to keep everybody fit.”

With the local paper running an entry for £5 promotion and the clubs Tilly’s ticket offer (see official website for details) a decent crowd should be at Sincil Bank to welcome the new bosses who will be hoping that the Imps will be in fine health and Hatters the one's reaching for the paracetamol.

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Gavin McCallum
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