That’s three managers who have turned us down now; that’s the ‘news’ I’ve been reading this morning.
Gareth Ainsworth released a statement to Wycombe saying he was happy there, which seems to indicate that the chase for him has ended. That’s if there was a chase for him, which the Daily Mail certainly said there was. Of all the three that have ‘turned us down’, he is the one who I feel maybe we did pursue.
Then there are the other two who have seemingly sparked panic amongst the less savvy supporter. Matt Taylor of Exeter City turned down the chance to speak to another club, another unnamed club, but reports began to throw our name into the story. I know what you’re thinking; why would they throw us into the story if it wasn’t the truth?
Why not? Someone from Exeter suggests indirectly that it’s Lincoln who came knocking and suddenly the moral in their camp goes up. How good must Exeter be if their manager is turning down the chance to manage a side currently in the top eight of League One? It’s a public relations dream, isn’t it? It matters not whether it was us, Southend, Stevenage or someone who has a manager on the brink; because one paper said it’s Lincoln City, it’s Lincoln City.
I’m not saying we didn’t approach these managers, but I’m also urging caution when making bold assumptions about us being turned down
Then today a seemingly rehashed story using old quotes has surfaced suggesting Michael Flynn is staying put at Newport. It doesn’t say he’s rejected us, there isn’t any hint of the fact we made an offer and it was turned down, but because the bookies had him as the favourite, we must have lost out. Three in three, that’s not good enough etc.
I’m not saying we didn’t approach these managers, but I’m also urging caution when making bold assumptions about us being turned down by targets. This is an attractive job with a decent playing squad, some money likely available for the winter window and doubtless a decent salary for the step up as well. I’m not sure that League Two managers would be turning it down without good reason; ie not being offered it in the first place.
Everyone is in the know, aren’t they? Everyone thinks they know who we’ve gone after, who we have as our favourite. Bookies odds, so readily dismissed when they put our manager at Ipswich, West Brom and Middlesbrough, are now gospel and almost as good as being in on the interviews. Funny how perspectives change when the boot is on the other foot.
I have a feeling that our vacancy is being used at some clubs for their own ends. Gareth Ainsworth, for instance, almost certainly dropped our name in the Totally Football interview for his own purposes as much as ours. If we did offer him the job, he would have come willingly for an interview. Is that us missing out on a target or being used by one?
Same with Exeter. If we did approach Taylor and he said no, fair enough, but even if it wasn’t us, it doesn’t hurt to make the link does it? They wanted the story out there to get more fans behind their manager and that’s exactly what they’ve got. I hadn’t seen Taylor amongst the favourites with the bookies until he allegedly turned the job down, yet we’re expected to take it as gospel that he did? I’m not buying it.
I don’t, for one second, think that we’ve offered the job to three managers in as many days
As for Michael Flynn, the BBC Wales story has a ring of truth about it; it’s from the BBC and certainly, around our club, they tend to be accurate. Only, it hasn’t actually said he’s turned us down, or that we’ve made an approach. What it actually says is he’s staying where he is, so is that us losing out, or not pursuing the manager all the money has been laid upon?
I don’t, for one second, think that we’ve offered the job to three managers in as many days. That simply isn’t the way Clive operates I’m afraid. When the Cowley’s came I’d heard we were turned down by John Still, that we were after Billy Heath and a host of other stories, yet the one management duo we wanted all along, we got. This situation is great for speculating on who might come and weighing up their strengths and weaknesses, but it’s also a chance for some teams to make a statement of their own by having their man linked with us, whether it’s true or not.
They’re only playing the situation, just as others have done before and will do in the future, but I would urge supporters to remain calm until the club make their announcement. Then, and only then, can we make a judgement as to whether we think we’ve missed out on targets or not.
For now, shall we concentrate on the matter in hand; getting something from tonight’s game at Spotland. Clive is, he’ll be on the terraces there so if he’s focused on it, perhaps we all should be.