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Lincoln City chairman Clive Nates has given an update on the club’s search for a new manager.
Speaking a fans’ forum tonight, held outside the club’s shop in the Waterside Shopping Centre, Nates addressed supporters alongside chief executive Liam Scully and vice-chairman Roger Bates, plus players Joe Morrell, Harry Toffolo and Neal Eardley.
Nates was asked directly if he had made an approach to speak to Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth, who is one of the favourites to succeed Danny Cowley at Sincil Bank.
“What we’re not going to do tonight is indicate who we have or haven’t spoken to,” said Nates.
“There’s a lot of stuff that you’ll have seen in the press, very similar to when we were speaking to Danny and Nicky. You’ll see a lot of stuff that might be close to the truth and you’ll see a lot that’s rubbish.
“I’m not going to answer that one way or another. We’ve obviously been preparing for this from the time Danny and Nicky joined us.
“We have a succession planning committee that meets on a regular basis who look at perspective managers, who would and wouldn’t be suitable for the club.
“We have targets and the process has begun. We’re quite advanced towards when we might make an appointment.”
On the potential timescale of the appointment, Nates added: “It certainly won’t be on Friday the 13th.
“We want to get a new manager in place as soon as possible.”
Nates was also asked about the prospect of the new manager bringing in his own coaching staff and if any of the club’s players of staff could follow the Cowleys to Huddersfield.
“A lot will depend on the new manager and who he brings in. He will obviously review the staff,” said Nates.
“We certainly don’t expect to lose a whole load of staff or players to Huddersfield.
“We parted on very good terms with Danny and Nicky. They certainly want the club to continue to progress and they wouldn’t do anything to hurt Lincoln City.”