Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson cool on play-off talk
Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson has said he finds it ‘amazing’ that supporters are talking about pushing for the play-offs.
Expectations have risen as the Imps enjoyed a good start to the campaign. Back-to-back defeats at Luton Town and Hereford United have seen that charge stall, but hopes are still high for a top end finish in some quarters.
However, the Imps boss issued a reality check ahead of the visit of Hyde to Sincil Bank in the Skrill Premier this afternoon (3pm).
“I find it amazing. You want to do as well as you can. But I find it amazing that for the last two seasons this club has done well to stay in this division and all of a sudden we are talking about play-offs,” said Simpson.
“It’s not as though the budget has gone up, because it hasn’t. Expectations are always going to rise if you get off to a half decent start.
“However, I’ve maintained from day one that our first target is 50 points. When we get them, we will push on from there if we can.
“What I didn’t want is for us to be going into the last game of the season needing a win. I want us to progress this football club. I signed a three-year deal because I knew it was going to take some rebuilding this place.
“There is no two ways about it. We need young players coming through, we want people who want to come and play for this club. We want to get in to that position.
“I spoke to John Still at Luton and he said he’s thinking it will take three years to rebuild Luton. I’m not being funny, Luton is three to four times bigger than Lincoln in what they can pay out and what they can do and the supporters they get through the door, and he’s saying it’s going to take him three years. So let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.”
Despite Simpson’s warning, he is still confident his side can impress in the division this season.
However, he believes promotion pushes will come down to how much financial muscle a club can flex.
“Do I think we are good enough? On our day we can give anybody a game,” said Simpson.
“As I said before it will come down to the strength of the squad and how consistent they are.
“At this moment in time some teams are stronger than us. But they are better equipped because they are playing with two or three times our budget.
“We have to see where we are and we’re doing okay. We’ve had a set back now and it’s about how we react to the set back.
“It would be nice to think that we could be there, or thereabouts at the end of it. Are we good enough? Individually, collectively, yes we are. However, it’s the consistency level that we need to keep building.”