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“His lack of managerial experience is a concern” – Former Manchester United player linked with EFL vacancy: The verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Ex-Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is being considered for the current managerial vacancy at Lincoln City, as per Football Insider.

The Imps are seeking a new man in the dugout after Michael Appleton left his role as manager following the conclusion of the League One season.

According to the Football Insider report, Carrick has discussed the current vacancy with the club and is weighing up the interest.

The report also states that Carrick is keen to find a permanent manager role after being an assistant at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

With that being said, we asked some of our writers here at FLW for their thoughts on whether or not Carrick would be a good appointment for the Imps.

Marcus Ally

I would say so yes, obviously there is very limited managerial experience to go off, but Carrick has gained valuable skills in recent years and would have learnt from some high profile figures.

Even the way he played the game, you could tell that his football brain was very astute and Lincoln would be a good club to start at.

The expectations would not be enormous, a top half finish would indicate success next term, and there is enough ambition present, that if given time to build something, promotion to the Championship would be possible in the next few seasons.

Michael Appleton had more recent coaching pedigree when he took the job at Sincil Bank and carrying on that approach with Carrick would be an exciting prospect.

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Adam Jones

His lack of managerial experience is a concern and it would be a gamble, but Ipswich Town took a similar gamble on Kieran McKenna and it paid off.

As an ex-England international, he would command real respect in the dressing room and would probably play an attractive, front-foot brand of football too.

This could make him an exciting appointment for the Imps, though they are in a vulnerable spot at this stage after finishing lower down the third-tier table than many expected.

This situation could call for a manager with experience – but young managers across the EFL have thrived this term and this is why they should experiment with the former Manchester United midfielder.

Toby Wilding

This may have the potential to be a solid appointment for Lincoln City.

Admittedly, there would certainly be some element of risk involved in this, given Carrick’s lack of first-team managerial experience to date.

However, he has coached at a high level, and you feel he will also surely have learned something from his time playing at Manchester United under a certain Sir Alex Ferguson, which will no doubt help him with his own managerial exploits.

Indeed, it is also worth noting that Kieran McKenna has done rather well since taking over as Ipswich manager after a spell coaching with Manchester United, so there is a precedent set that could potentially be followed here.

A high profile appointment such as this could potentially also generate some welcome interest in the Imps as well, so this may be one that is at least worth considering for those in charge at Sincil Bank.


BJTC accredited MA Multimedia Journalism graduate. Freelance Football Writer for FLW.

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