Simmo’s Stock £1.3 Million & Rising
Gary Simpson ? Who you ask? But his talent stretches to Taylor Fletcher (Blackpool), McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) Hewitt (Ipswich Town) McLean, Mackail-Smith & Boydd (Peterborough and Brighton). Indeed it spans the top five Leagues. Peterborough United (£5 million) and Macclesfield (£1.3m plus) are still reaping the rewards of Gary Simpson’s eye for talent spotting which illustrates his ability to do it again and again. With Gary now 2-1 favourite for the Lincoln City job, is he about to do it at the club he calls his spiritual home
With Lincoln heading south and needing to make a watershed managerial appointment, they are also only able to offer a small and overspent budget. Clearly the stakes could not be higher. The need is not only for someone to come in and restore pride, but also to build his own budget. Is Simmo’s talent spotting the answer? Why not ask Tyrone Barnett (£350k), Shaun Brisley (£25ok + addons), Emile Sinclair (£200K + add-ons), Elliott Hewitt (£150K + add-ons) Hamza Bencherif (£50K), Colin Daniel (£50k), George Donnelly (£20K + add-ons), Ben Tomlinson or Ben Mills who both went for 5 figures plus lucrative add-ons. He also inspired a double cup run, all based on a comparable budget to the Imps. Those transfers ensured Macc made a profit for the first time in Christendom and perhaps explained why the Silkmen went down.
Who better than Gary to get back the fan-base he and Keith Alexander built. He will ensure the Imps look up to no one and give it their all. He inspired cup runs last year with wins at Hull, drew with Bolton (2 mins away from the win), then narrowly lost the replay. So he has the credentials and, in his own words ‘deep love for Lincoln City and a desire to finish what he and Keith came so close too’.
The quiet man in the partnership with Keith Alexander, Gary’s love of the game, judgement and ability to work with what he has got, is as touching as his deep and genuine love for the way the game should truly be played, coached and managed. You need fresh mud in your studs and a desire to do the miles, give the smiles and to convert young lads by teaching and gently preaching. Not only can Simmo turn water into rapidly maturing wine, but Sheffield’s softly spoken son has what is really needed in the current harsh environment – he can turn a quid into seven, which with add-ons can even exceed a bakers dozen.
Gary learned to take rejection at Stoke before going on to be a legend at Boston as a player. He finished at Gainsborough and was eager to take his coaching badges. Initially the managership mantel was thrust upon him at Gainsborough Trinity whilst still a player, then Lincoln and Macclesfield Town. Simmo was caretaker at the Imps and Silkmen, before getting the job full-time at Macc, filling the blues shoes vacated by legend, mate and mentor Keith. Gary’s eleven match spell at the Imps saw five wins, four draws and two defeats. His 45% success rate, is something they would dearly love now, not to mention the talent spotting that turns pennies into pounds and truly astounds.
Peterborough have made millions from selling players he spotted and coached, as well as no doubt benefiting from two more of his Macc prodigal sons this season, having signed Sinclair and Brisley. Macc also received fees for Hewitt (Ipswich), Donnelly (Rochdale), Daniel and Tomlinson, that paved the way for new silkmen supremo and successor King’s spending splurge.
Much was made of Gary’s sacking from Macc. Having been forced to sell seven in the window, he then had 12 injured from January onwards. A win at local rivals and comparable giants,Port Vale, heralding play-off aspirations, would turn to dust thanks to a 16 match winless run, after player sale after player sale. Who could cope with 13 injured an 7 sold. Perhaps the owners were wrong to assume they had enough points, even though Gary’s Silkmen only lost one in the last 6 and they were fourth from bottom. Brian Horton took 2 points from the last 27 available.
So come on Bob, give Gary a pair of yellow socks as soon as you get back from South Africa and get the Bank bounce-back on track. He would put a thousand on the gate and have people thinking about season tickets for next year.