Andrew Abbott's Blog

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Bob’s got grounds for optimism.

These last few years, even when the team were doing well and gates were good Lincoln City somehow didn’t seem to have the financial muscle to really compete with the supposed big spenders.

Yesterdays press conference, called to explain the new investment coming into the club also touched on the likelihood that the club will at least have to consider moving in order to progress.

First things first though and the money coming in is to ensure that the football club can continue to operate in the short to medium term, something that fans had very much on their minds what with everything else going on in the game, Darlington in particular.

Once the ship has been steadied, chairman Bob Dorrian stated the board will have to consider how to move forward:-

"The stadium isn't really fit for the modern day. We have no facilities to derive any commercial income from the ground.

"I would like to think something will be on the table within the next four years. The long-term plan is to make the club attractive to investors."

A ground move is always an emotive thing for such a traditional sport as football but, as far as Dorrian is concerned things can’t stay as they are:-

"At the end of February we may have been in a position, if things had stayed as they were, where our March payroll would have been in jeopardy,"

City have more pressing concerns though and fans will be wondering if the unexpected fightback last Saturday might produce an upturn in fortunes starting with tonight’s fixture against Southport. The recent slump has blunted what minor heart the pre Christmas form had engendered as City hit the buffers over the holiday period. With the weather in Lincoln this morning being what can only be described as dire, fans will be hoping for something to banish the mid winter blues.

Southport manager Liam Watson has other ideas though. He told BBC Radio Merseyside:-

"We played them on the opening day of the season and I thought we were unlucky only to get a point.

"It's a bit of a trek on a Tuesday night but I'm sure we'll go out and give a good account of ourselves like we did on Saturday.

"Against Luton we started off nice and bright and that's the way we've got to go about it against Lincoln.

With City manager David Holdsworth turning his attention to the strike force, having already secured the services of Richard Pacquette , home fans will be hoping for something to get them on their feet tonight and that Southport will find it even more of a trek on the way home.

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