The Imps secured a solid 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town yesterday afternoon, but it hasn’t be greeted warmly in all corner of the support.
With one win in eight, City are desperately looking for a decent run of form. Performances have been good, but wins have eluded the manager. For a second weekend in a row, a team came from a goal down to share the spoils with us.
Whilst a draw at Wimbledon might have been less than we expected, a draw at Portman Road certainly wasn’t a bad result. After the game, a small discussion broke out on Twitter over the current manager, Michael Appleton.
He has our support, performances have been good and it’s little incidents that are costing us; missed penalties, missed chances and the odd lapse in concentration. In the main, we’re playing good football and as he’s only a few weeks into the job it seems very harsh to judge him on how he’s managing another man’s squad.
That’s certainly the view of a previous incumbent of the role, Chris Moyses. Chris was the manager of the club when I started this blog and one of my earliest pieces thanked him for his efforts in bringing the club and support much closer together. Chris is often quiet on all Lincoln City matters now, but he was drawn to social media to defend Michael Appleton last night.
We are all imps Jack , but cut this man some slack , he’s dealing with another mans cards , and I suspect not much chance to change things
— Chris Moyses (@ChrisMoyses) November 9, 2019
“Cut this man some slack,” he said in a debate over our current form. “He’s dealing with another man’s cards.”
It’s certainly a fair comment and one I think a few fans have echoed in recent weeks. Chris very kindly agreed to speak to me a little further on the matter.
“He’s only working with what he’s been given at the minute,” he told me. “He hasn’t been able to bring in his own people yet and I hope people recognise that.
“I don’t speak up much on these matters at the moment, I don’t want to open up a can of worms and be at the centre of it. I just hope people give him some time. The Cowley’s have gone on to better things and good luck to them, but people can’t judge Michael Appleton on what he’s doing right now; he needs time.”
Chris played for City and Halifax during his career, as well as a number of local non-league sides. After success with Lincoln Moorlands, a club he took to their highest-ever finish, he wound up at City and eventually succeeded Gary Simpson as manager.
He was manager prior to Clive bringing investment into the club and worked for free just to help make ends meet. He assembled the bare bones of our National League winning side, bringing 2016/17 leading scorer Matt Rhead to the club, attracting the hero of our Macclesfield win Terry Hawkridge and eventual club captain Luke Waterfall.
He’s widely credited with being a driving factor in bridging the chasm that opened up between the club and the fans and after the Colwey’s were appointed he was widely applauded for his efforts. Indeed, in his first full year in charge we sat fourth in the National League going into Christman, but just didn’t quite have the finances to strengthen in January and kick on for a top-six place.
It’s interesting to hear his comments, as a former manager he’s all-too aware of the work that has to go into working with another man’s squad, no matter how talented or successful it’s been. Hopefully, those few dissenting voices on social media will take note and see the positives coming out of the Bank at the moment, rather than judging on eight matches (in which we’ve beaten Sunderland and drawn away at Portman Road….).