Graham Taylor became one of the league’s youngest managers when he was appointed boss of Lincoln City at the tender age of 28.

His enthusiasm, drive and knowledge of the game belied his years and dispelled any doubts about his lack of managerial experience.

The situation at Sincil Bank today seems to have turned the full circle and returned to the golden era of the former England manager.

Danny and Nicky Cowley are both young, ambitious and enthusiastic,  similar to Taylor.

They have introduced a regime which has proved successful at Concord Rangers and Braintree Town.

In a short space of time they have gained experience of man-management and possess the relevant know-how in order to restore League status to the Imps.

Former Lincoln City defender Tony Loxley told SportsLinc about the similarities between the ’75-76 regime to now.

He said: “You can definitely compare then and now.

“Graham was very particular about everything and very professional.

“We would practise, practise and practise again corners, throw-ins and free kicks.

“We wouldn’t stop until we got everything exactly right.

“I know Danny and Nicky go into the same type of detail.

“Also Graham sent us out into the Community to visit schools and workplaces which is what the Cowleys instruct their players to do.

“Like Graham, they have a set pattern and system that works and which they are developing all the time.

“It’s bearing fruits as it did in their previous clubs and hopefully it can get us back into the Football League.”




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