League One Round-up: Ex-Imp set for Sunderland, Southend suffer huge blow

It’s time for another round-up of all things League One, but not necessarily Lincoln City, starting with a couple of bits of managerial news.

Sunderland close in on ex-Imp

According to the Northern Echo, Sunderland are close to appointing either Phil Parkinson or Gareth Ainsworth this week.

What I find especially warming about this is that the mighty Sunderland, who were so horribly humbled against the little minnows a couple of week’s ago, are essentially shopping in the same store as we were for our manager.

Are either of those two any better or worse than Michael Appleton? I don’t think so, but what I do believe is that if our boss was free right now, he’d be in the frame for their role right now.

In terms of cost, Parkinson is a free agent while the Black Cats would have to agree some compensation with Wycombe for Ainsworth. Some of the other options; the likes of Paul Cook, Daniel Stendel, Mark Robins and Nigel Pearson, now look unlikely.

Southend back to square one

Courtesy Graham Burrell

Southend United have been rocked by the news that a move for former Celtic and Manchester United man Henrik Larsson has collapsed at the 11th hour.

As the Echo News explains, everything had been agreed with Larsson to become manager with Johan Mjallby as his assistant and Tommy Johnson as head of recruitment. However, Johnson pulled out at the last minute and that’s led to the club breaking off negotiations with the other two.

They’re back to square one in their management hunt and as the season draws on, they’re looking increasingly likely to be in a long relegation battle. It’s a huge blow for the Shrimpers, who have been without a manager since the sixth game of the season.

Bolton take former Mansfield man on trial

Courtesy Graham Burrell

Former Mansfield Town loanee Timi Elsnik has bagged a trial with League One side Bolton Wanderers, as reported by the Bolton News.

The Slovenian Under 21 international returned to Pride Park when David Flitcroft signed up Nicky Ajose and Jorge Grant, with Rams fans wanting him in their first team when he went back. Instead, he switched to Keith Curle’s Northampton (pictured, 22) and disappointed, leading to his Derby departure in the summer.

He started his career as a youth with Aluminij, later moving to Derby. He had a successful loan spell with Swindon Town, bagging five goals in 25 outings.

He’s not the only trialist to feature for Bolton recently; ex-Middlesbrough winger Amadou Sylla has also featured. He spent two seasons at the Riverside before his release in the summer. Former Stoke left-back Moussa Niakate and Portuguese midfielder Gilson De Costa have also looked to earn a deal with the Trotters.