I’ve been watching with interest as people name their top five all-time Lincoln City managers.
The lists almost all comprise of the same five names, for obvious reasons. Bill Anderson, for putting us in the second tier, keeping us there and winning two titles. Keith Alexander, for four play-off appearances in a row, and Graham Taylor for winning the Fourth Division in 1976. Danny Cowley is up there for winning three trophies in as many years and Colin Murphy, with two promotions and one title, is another popular pick.
John Beck does get on some people’s list, but I’m not opening up that can of worms.
It did get me to thinking though; which managers might history be doing a disservice to? Which managers perhaps don’t get the credit they deserve, the ones who nearly made it with the Imps, or who played a key role in the club’s history without quite making the legends list. The truth is, all of the names on the top five did something; survival at a high level, play-offs, trophies. If you’re one of the few outside that without honours but with a legacy, then you’re sure to make the following list of men I feel need a little recognition.
The list is chronological, and I’m happy to open up debate and discussion.