Steve Tilson appointed new manager of Lincoln City (AUDIO)
LINCOLN CITY has named Steve Tilson as their new manager to end days of suspense in the search for Chris Sutton's successor.
Former Southend boss Tilson has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Lincoln City and will be joined by Paul Brush as his assistant who was his number two during his time at Roots Hall.
Tilson starts work on Monday morning, with Scott Lindsey remaining in charge for tomorrow's trip to Shrewsbury in League Two. Lindsey will stay on at Lincoln as first-team coach as part of Tilson's new management team.
The Imps released a statement at 9am to confirm the appointment of the former Southend boss, who was the bookies' favourite to land the position.
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Tilson will not be officially unveiled to the media and fans until Monday, but is expected to be in the stands for tomorrow's League Two trip to Shrewsbury.
The 44-year-old fended off competition from ex-Doncaster boss Dave Penney and Steve Thompson and Mick Harford to land the post despite all candidates delivering excellent interviews.
The appointment will be met with much acclaim from City fans with striker Drewe Broughton talking up his old mentor in Wednesday's Echo.
And yesterday Scott Lindsey, who is expected to remain as first-team coach, also spoke highly of Tilson's credentials with the pair becoming good friends over the years.
"Steve has a great track record and his CV is as good as anyone," he said.
"You forget he's still relatively young in managerial years and he has had a lot of success.
"I played with him at Canvey Island, where he was a midfield ball player.
"I used to kick people, he used to pass it. He was a good player and the way he played the game is mirrored in the way he likes his teams to play.
"His Southend team were always known for getting the ball on the ground and he's a very good manager."
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