Simmo About To Strengthen As 3 Imps Hit The Road
The departure of Gouveia, Platt and Mills, will enable Garry Simpson to bolster the Imps squad as they go in search of the 11 points the new gaffer feels will be enough for safety. Rumour has it that as many as 2-3 new recruits could arrive at Sincil Bank over the next few days.
The Lincoln City board have made funds available to the new manager, but the pay-offs will also save the club money due to the unique nature of by mutual consent deals. A player can receive a tax free lump of up to £30k tax-free. In addition a player will normally agree a reduction for a decent one off full and final settlement payment. There is also the matter of saving the tax and national insurance, the latter being two fold as it will negate the need for the employer and employee contributions.
Platt, was a high earner and has been nothing but a financial drain since breaking his leg in a friendly against Doncaster. Mills, though respectful to the Imps faithful, had little ability to back up his undoubted passion. As for Gouveia, brought in as one for the future, one has to ask what was going through Holdsworth’s mind when he signed him. The ex-manager was forever reminding us about a lack of budget, yet Gouveia and Richardson before him, seemed to have little likelihood of contributing to the squad.
As for signings? Saviour Simmo has been touching base with contacts in the North-West, with a visit to Oldham on Monday night as well as Southport, the visitors for his Sincil Bank return on Saturday. His idea has been to start at the back and then move forward. The likelihood will be a midfielder and possibly a winger, with a no-nonsense proven striker also on the radar.
Could Gary make a cheeky move for Matt Hamshaw? Matt had a great working relationship with Simmo at Macc and tweeted a good luck message to his ex-gaffer over the weekend. Hamshaw had gone into semi retirement to spend more time with his young girls, then went back to playing part-time with Stocksbridge Park Steelers, but he is currently coaching at the Rotherham United Academy. The Millers train at Parkgate FC, Simmo’s old haunt, so the Sheffield suburb Mafia is still strong. That said, alas, it is unlikely to happen and with Simmo’s contacts coming from far and wide, a move could come from anywhere, Diagne for instance was plucked from France, when he signed for Macc. Could be an exciting line up on Saturday, remember Gary kept Tony Diagne quiet right up until the team-sheets went in.