City is set to face Fleetwood Town this weekend, marking their first match since Mark Kennedy was removed from his position as head coach earlier this week.
On Wednesday evening, the club announced the immediate departure of both Mark Kennedy and Danny Butterfield from their roles. Consequently, Tom Shaw will take on the role of interim head coach for his debut Football League game in management this weekend.
Earlier in the season, Fleetwood Town parted ways with Scott Brown, and Lee Johnson, the former Sunderland manager, took over. As City approaches the weekend, Johnson has publicly shared his thoughts on the developments from Wednesday.
Johnson expressed his support for his fellow head coach, stating that he believed Mark was doing a commendable job despite facing some challenging circumstances: “I don’t like changes in management, as I’m aware of the many variables in football. I must say that Mark appeared to be handling the job well at Lincoln. I’ve watched a few of their games, and it seems they’ve had their share of misfortunes with injuries.”
The former Hibernian manager acknowledged that the upcoming weekend’s game would be a challenge due to the uncertainty surrounding how City would line up under interim manager Shaw.
“For us, it’s a bit like uncharted territory, given the recent managerial change on the opposition’s side. Therefore, we need to refocus and ensure that our attention is more on our own performance rather than on Lincoln.”
While Johnson’s comments regarding Mark Kennedy’s coaching ability on the field may be accurate, they might have been misjudged, especially in light of recent information from Liam Scully’s interview with BBC Radio Lincolnshire.