Andrew Abbott's Blog

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Hard times at Sincil Bank

Set against a backdrop of staff reductions and redundancies at Lincoln City, David Holdsworth is attempting to shuffle his pack and the Echo’s Leigh Curtis is reporting that the manager has been linked with a move for midfielder Tyrone Thompson, formerly with Torquay, Eastwoods Jake Sheriden and Luke Medley from Kidderminster.

Holdsworth must be fed up of seeing the likes of Adam Watts, Ali Fuseini and Gavin McCallum, all on the transfer list and accounting for a fair chunk of the wage bill as he tries to bring in fresh faces to replace the stuttering “stars”. Their names have been circulated as available for loan so whether any club will want them as there have been no takers for a transfer is anyone’s guess.

McCallums inclusion has caused some debate amongst the faithful as he has at least showed some flashes of quality whereas the other two have, frankly, flopped with Fuseini largely anonymous when he has played and Watts, who I have to confess I liked at first and I wrote in the Ferret that I thought he would come good for us eventually. How wrong could I be as evidenced by that disastrous header that left Nick Draper horribly exposed and could have led to the young keeper seeing red in the cup defeat. He just hasn’t showed the consistency and sureness that such an experienced player should. Hard to believe he was harbouring dreams of premiership football at Fulham before he joined City.

The players are now stumping up £100 between them on away trips towards the cost of the pre match meal and, more positively the club are offering fans the opportunity of travelling on the team coach and seeing the game from the directors box for forthcoming away fixtures which ought to make a terrific birthday or Christmas present for an Imps mad supporter. You can enquire by e mailing and I understand there has been some interest already which I can quite understand. Perhaps the club should try to come up with some more experiences like that which were formerly off limits to fans. Apart from anything else it gives a “were all in this together” impression. When I wrote for the PFA I was invited into the boardroom for a game at Watford’s Vicarage Road stadium and even at that level it was a memorable experience.

The view from the directors box at Watford. A money can't buy experience. Until now.

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