Four years’ ago Lincoln United were a club battling relegation and struggling to survive.
Three years’ ago the Board appointed former player Dave Frecklington as Manager who was charged with the task of rejuvenating the whole Ashby Avenue set-up and producing a team that would once again bring in local support.
In his first year at the helm Dave Frecklington, along with his management team that included present Whites’ boss Sam Wilkinson, rolled his sleeves up and imprinted his management style on the players.
The first season was tough and involved re-building an ageing squad. However the dreaded ‘drop’ was avoided.
The second campaign of Frecklington’s reign was one of consolidation although the team did flirt with the play-offs at one stage.
Last year Lincoln United reached the play-offs to mark a successful final year for Frecklington who decided to move to Spalding United at the end of the season to further his ambitions.
The Tulips now sit unbeaten at the top of the Evo-Stik Division One (South) League following a run of six wins on the spin.
In the first part of this interview, SportsLinc asked Frecklington about his reign at Ashby Avenue.
He said: “My time at Lincoln United was really good although not so as we would have wanted it in year one as there were more downs than ups.
“That grounded us a management team really and we therefore had to work extra hard to turn things around which we managed to do in year two.
“In our first year we came 16th in the league and then ninth the year after.
“Credit to the board for doubling our budget which allowed us to bring in better players and achieve better results which we did.
“We played a different style in our second season aiming to keep the ball down and we became a really good side.
“Last year we improved the budget again and our ambition was to reach the play-offs which we managed to do.
“We added some really good players like Mitch Griffiths, Rob Norris, Ben Fairclough and Gary King around Christmas time which kicked us on.
“As a front four they really gave us that extra dimension to win games.
“The turning point came in January when Leek beat us and then we lost heavily in the League Cup at Ilkeston.
“We looked at things again and went more solid and sat off teams.
“We moved Nathan Whitehead from striker to central midfield and changed Sean Wright from right back to centre half. We put Jordan Lemon in Wright’s former position.
“Jack McGovern and Rob Norris played as two numbers 10s and it just worked.
“We went on a massive run and were unfortunate not to reach the play-off final.”
In the second part of SportsLinc’s chat with Dave Frecklington tomorrow you can read all about his management style.