Chris Sutton surprise new manager at Lincoln: Ian Pearce assistant to ex-England striker at League Two club

By Sportsmail Reporter

Chris Sutton

First job: Former Celtic forward Chris Sutton starts his managerial career at Sincil Bank in League Two

Chris Sutton has been appointed as the new manager of Coca-Cola League Two club Lincoln.

The 36-year-old will be assisted at Sincil Bank by his former Blackburn team-mate Ian Pearce, both of whom will begin their roles on Wednesday.  

Sutton replaces Peter Jackson who was sacked at the start of September following a disappointing run of home results.  

Simon Clark has been in temporary charge while the club has looked for Jackson's successor and he will remain in control for City's home league game against Notts County tomorrow night.  

The job is Sutton's first managerial appointment and Lincoln admitted to taking a 'calculated gamble' with the former Norwich, Blackburn, Chelsea and Celtic striker.  

A club statement read: 'We received over 70 applications for the vacant manager's post and although this double appointment could be seen as a calculated gamble, the board have every confidence in Chris and Ian and are looking forward to working with them. 

'Both Chris and Ian impressed every member of the board with their enthusiasm, ambition and preparation and the decision to appoint them was a unanimous one.'

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