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Jackson shocked by Imps sacking

Peter Jackson
Jackson spent just under two years in charge of Lincoln

Former Lincoln manager Peter Jackson has said he was shocked by the speed of the decision to sack him.

Jackson and his assistant Iffy Onuora left Sincil Bank on Wednesday with the Imps lying 17th in League Two.

"Two weeks ago if we had beaten Burton we'd have been joint top of the league, so the suddenness has taken me aback," Jackson told BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

"In this profession it's all about results but it's only the first week in September so I'm still a bit shocked."

Lincoln have lost five of their first seven games this season, including first-round defeats in both the Carling Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy, but Jackson said that the pressure has been on him for a while.

"It's not just about this season," said the former Huddersfield boss. "It's been building since last season in terms of our home performances, which simply haven't been good enough."

The 48-year-old added that the angry reaction of fans after recent defeats led him to think that his time in charge at Sincil Bank was drawing to an end.

"I sensed it after the Burton game," said Jackson. "The boos of the fans that I heard, the frustration and the tension.

"It all came to a head at Dagenham when I walked off the pitch. I'll remember for a long time the look of hatred towards me from the fans and I thought that must be in trouble.

"Obviously it does hurt and affect you, but I've had just under two years at this fantastic club and I've loved every minute of it."

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