Lincoln City manager search gathering pace, confirms chief executive Liam Scully

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Liam Scully insists there is already “significant momentum” behind Lincoln City’s managerial recruitment process.

The Imps are searching for a new management team after the Cowley brother left the club for Huddersfield Town this week.

Speculation is raging as to who will succeed the Cowleys at the helm, with Newport’s Michael Flynn and Wycombe’s Gareth Ainsworth emerging as two of the early favourites with both supporters and bookmakers.

The Imps already had an action plan in readiness for the Cowleys’ departure and the club has already been inundated with potential candidates.

Chief executive Scully told Lincolnshire Live today: “We had a process in place which has now been activated. The search has got some significant momentum behind it already.

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“It terms of a timeline, we’re not going to procrastinate or draw it out.

“Equally, we’re not going to rush. It’s about due diligence. This is an important decision for the football club and our responsibility to the fans is making sure we’re thorough in our recruitment process.

“Naturally, everyone has a view of people they see in the media but ultimately we’ll get to look at a number of people in the eyes and test their thinking, understanding and vision of the future and check it aligns with our vision.

“There’s a fair amount to do. It’s not simply a case of asking them what formation they will play. It’s a football club that has been built and we’ve got to make the key cornerstones, such a social engagement, remain an ongoing part of that.”

What sort of person is the club looking for?

Scully says the club would prefer a candidate with Football League experience.

“There’s a significant job description and profile that we’ve got in place,” he said.

“Naturally, somebody who has Football League experience would be key and someone who understands our core values as a football club, the local community and how important that is.

“There is a large of amount of things that we’re going to look at. Different people have different strengths. For us, it’s about looking at those candidates and understanding what our non-negotiables are, while also allowing them to flourish in the role.

“This isn’t a board which interferes with board decisions. It’s about making sure we have the right person to lead.”

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Who will make the decision?

“There is a manager selection committee in place,” said Scully. “Clearly that is going to be driven by the chairman, but Clive [Nates] prides himself on operating with flat structure.

“Clive’s been a key driver in a lot of the changes in recent years so obviously he will be influential.

“It’s not going to be 11 directors sat across the room from a manager. We’ve got a group of directors, along with myself and other key people around the club, who will sit on that panel and will review the process.”

Lincoln City chairman Clive Nates
Lincoln City chairman Clive Nates
(Image: CameraSport – Chris Vaughan)

Compensation shouldn’t be a barrier

Huddersfield had to cough up a hefty compensation figure to prise the Cowleys away from Sincil Bank.

Scully says, if necessary, the club would be prepared to do the same to secure their top target.

“With any funds that come into the football club by different means, we try and use it wisely,” he said.

“First, we must secure the long-term future of the club. But there is clearly desire to back the manager and give them resources. How those funds are deployed, only time will tell.

“If securing the preferred candidate requires compensation to be paid then, as long as that’s reasonable and sensible, I don’t see that being a barrier to us getting the right candidate.

“We’ll stay focused to make sure we deliver the right outcome.” 

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