Posted by savethemightyimps
From hero at Watford, Sheffield United and Birmingham City to double zero at Mansfield Town and now Lincoln with more signings than a Harry Potter book launch complete with JK Rowley and associated adland posse! Do ex-players make good managers, the late John Reames did not think so.
It is safe to say David Holdworth career and record has peaked. If he were a batsmen he would still put Alistair Cooke in his place – surely he is approaching the 120’s for just the one wicket (Mansfield Town) in the last two and a half years? We stopped counting here. In the interest of fairness let us start with the playing career highs and lows and end with the management slide.
|CLUB||FROM||TO||FEE||LEAGUE||FA CUP||LGE CUP||OTHER|
|Gretna||14 Jul, 03||31 May, 05||Free||31 (1)||0||3 (0)||1||2 (0)||0||2 (0)||0|
|Scarborough||01 Nov, 02||14 Jul, 03||Signed||16 (0)||1||2 (0)||0||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Bolton||31 Aug, 02||01 Nov, 02||Free||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0||1 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Walsall||18 Jan, 02||22 Apr, 02||Loan||9 (0)||1||2 (0)||0||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Birmingham||23 Mar, 99||31 Aug, 02||£1,250,000||77 (7)||7||1 (0)||0||10 (0)||1||8 (1)||0|
|Sheff Utd||08 Oct, 96||23 Mar, 99||£450,000||95 (0)||4||13 (0)||3||7 (0)||0||5 (0)||0|
|Watford||08 Nov, 86||08 Oct, 96||Apprentice||249 (9)||10||14 (1)||1||20 (0)||2||8 (2)||0|
|Totals||£1,700,000||477 (17)||23||35 (1)||5||40 (0)||3||23 (3)||0|
|Lincoln||24 Oct, 2011||Present||71||21||19||31|
|Mansfield||29 Dec, 2008||18 Nov, 2010||91||37||20||34|
Mr Holdsworth also managed Ilkeston, ex haunt of the great Keith Alexander between 1996 & 2,000. He was replaced by Mariners duo Paul Hurst and Rob Scott. This did see his best record. He managed 31, won 18, drawn 8, lost 5, for 48, against 29).
In reality Awful, with the addition of the word downward sums it up. But then so is the standard of the League we find ourself in. It’s the Conference when you strip away the façade. Has-beens meet up-and-comers, be that clubs or players. The standard of football is substantially below that of League football yet the pricing is anything but. So for fans to turn up you need to either put in the cash, sell them the loyalty close, or start counting up the assets and liabilities and put up with the dwindling moans along the way.
Gary Simpson and Grant Brown would put the pride back into Lincoln City whether Mr Holdsworth beats Barrow and Mansfield Town or not. We need football men with mud in their boots and an eye for talent on the one hand. But we also need to restore the faith and pride of the fans who would be patient, knowing we have blokes who understand what Imp means.
Lincoln is better than that. How come the club is the only thing that has not moved forward in the City in the last decade? We have hit rock bottom, get someone in at a football level that can kick things into shape, as opposed to kicking the can down the road. Someone who can get the players to sell on if need be, but above all to sell some season tickets next season and beyond.
Gary Simpson and Grant Brown might just do that. And they like us would be doing it for the love of it as much as the money. That should be the mantra at the heart of a community club surely?