You can’t worry about things outside of your control; a former Lincoln City manager once said that. Instead, you can only focus on the things you can change and right now, Clive Nates will be doing just that from wherever he’s based right now.
The focus will be on getting in a new manager, as quick as possible. It’ll have to be a man with a bit of a track record either at this level or if not, a very successful one from below. It’ll be someone willing to work with the current structure, someone willing to try to live up to the staggering pace of progression already set by the club.
It’ll be someone likely to be given a bit of a budget to at least bring in another striker, a free agent maybe? After all, anyone who wants to play a different formation will want another front man.
It’s perhaps the most crucial decision in the clubs history; who will replace the two men who put us right back on the top of our game? Who will be willing to take on the job these two have started, the journey they put us on but have stepped out of at the crucial moment?
It’s a huge task, one that history tells us is easier to get wrong than right (George Kerr and Allan Clarke for instance), but a task that if done correctly, will see this dark day in Lincoln history become nothing more than a transitional period.
There are pitfalls to avoid in my opinion. We don’t want another DC, another hot young thing from the National League. Stepping up to League One is a huge jump and someone like Luke Garrard is a year or two away from where we need him to be. We also have to be wary of the merry-go-round managers, with Nigel Adkins presented as one some fans would like. Ask Reading and Sheffield United what they think of that idea; he’s the next Phil Brown, on a one-way journey down the divisions.
I have two people I’d like to see take over the reins, two only. Both would cost money from other clubs, both would have their advantages and I’ll look at both in this piece.