Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson talks of his admiration for David Moyes and Jose Mourinho
Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson believes a strong work ethic is an art in itself as he hailed the management of former Everton and current Manchester United chief David Moyes and Chelsea supremo Jose Mourinho.
The Imps have enjoyed a superb start to the new Skrill Premier campaign, with three wins and a draw from five games lifting them up to fifth in the table.
Simpson puts the success down to the hardworking approach his squad have taken in their games so far, and said it is akin to how Moyes set up his team at Everton.
“Whatever you say, hard work does get you a long way,” said Simpson. “If everyone is working for each other and helping each other, which is what we are doing, the football and ability comes through on top.
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“That’s the mark of decent sides. Look at David Moyses at Everton, he had players that worked and worked their socks off and I think that’s an art.
“I keep drilling into them, they have got to help their mates out and they have got to work hard and their ability will show and come through.
“So far, it’s worked. All the teams I have worked with have had a big work-ethic and worked hard for each other.
“The least supporters want to see is someone giving it their all. You might have a bad game once in a while, but you have to accept that, we all have bad days at the office.
“However, the minimum people can give is everything they have got. The squad we have has that at the moment and we need to keep that going.”
Simpson has fostered a strong dressing-room spirit at Lincoln this summer and he added that man-management is crucial to keeping the team united and grafting for each other.
“It’s how you manage people and how you are with people,” said Simpson.
“It’s what you do as a club in terms of how we do the day-to-day running and how we treat people. That’s the biggest thing.
“It’s managing people not necessarily about are you the best tactically? People will look at Jose Mourinho and tactically he’s this that and the other. But you listen to what players like John Terry and Frank Lampard say, it’s about how he treats people and the management of people and he gets the best out of them.
“At the minute we are going okay, but it can soon change. But I know If we can still keep the work ethic going in the bad times. You don’t necessarily have to be the best team to win a football match.
“Successful teams are ones that are all pulling together. If they do that they are difficult to beat and they get better. That’s what we are trying to do.”