Fresh start awaits Lincoln and Notts

By Gary Moss
Last updated : 20 October 2007
There has been big change in League Two this week with two of Midlands bosses given the axe for under-achievement.

First to go was Lincoln City's John Schofield.

After leading the Imps to a fifth placed finish last season and entrance to the play-offs, City have failed to make any such positive strides so far.
McParland...Fresh start at Notts


The Imps have had a dismal start winning just twice in their opening thirteen games in all competitions.

Chairman Steff Wright acted ruthlessly on Monday, dispensing the City boss from his duties just two days after a humiliating 4-0 defeat against the MK Dons.

The following day it was Notts County's very own Steve Thompson who was given the sack much to the delight of many Magpie fans.

His ineffective long ball tactics saw Coutny down as low as nineteenth in the table with a squad clearly capable of much more.

Three straight defeats shedding none goals in the process proved the final straw for the Notts board.

Given his marching orders, Notts have appointed Charlie McParland to take over, just in time for the local derby at Mansfield tomorrow.

Both sides will be hoping to push on after the departures, in hope of mounting a more realistic play-off push from here on in.

Game of the Day: Lincoln City v Peterborough United

Chairman Wright has urged the Lincoln fans to turn out in force at Sincil Bank
McLean...Big threat at Sincil Bank
this Saturday with a whole host of potential bosses expected to be sitting in the stands.

He believes a massive following against Posh this weekend could be the final factor in clinching a deal with one of the reputable applicants.

As for getting a result, it will be much tougher for the Imps, who face a stern test from a Peterborough side just starting to find their form.

Three wins on the boucne for Darren Ferguson's men will see them in good spirit while City will without doubt remain in turmoil.

The relatively inexperienced Grant Brown takes charge for the home side.

You can expect a battling display with players suddenly playing for their football league future, but Posh should possess too much quality.

The likes of George Boyd, Aaron McLean and Charlie Lee are in fine form ahead of the trip to the Bank.

While the Imps defence is leaking goals. Nine in the last two games doesn;t make for pleasant reading.

NCM Prediction: Things to get worse for the Imps. A battling display but away win.

Elsewhere...

Notts begin life after Steve Thompson with a trip to local rivals Mansfield Town.

The Stags are bottom of the division while Notts are without a point in three.

Read more on Drapes' BIG match preview.

Chesterfield will be hoping to put the heat on table topping MK Dons this
McCall...Next for the chop?
weekend.

The Spireites face Dagenham at home, a side falling towards the lower end of the table after two straight league defeats.

They'll be hoping to close on the four points gap of the Dons face a tough test at Hereford.

The Bulls have lost only once on home turf combining their hard to beat nature with clinical finishing so far this season.

And, Bradford boss Stuart McCall could be the next manager casualty as his dismal Bantams face Darlington.

After five straight losses, a game against a second placed free scoring side was hardly top of their list.

Full Fixture List:

Accrington Stanley v Macclesfield (Friday, 19.45)

Bradford v Darlington

Bury v Shrewsbury

Chesterfield v Dagenham & Redbridge

Hereford v MK Dons

Lincoln v Peterborough

Mansfield v Notts County

Rochdale v Brentford

Rotherham v Morecambe

Stockport v Chester

Wrexham v Barnet

Wycombe v Grimsby



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