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Lincoln appoint Sutton as manager

Chris Sutton
Sutton won the Premier League title with Blackburn in 1995

Lincoln City have appointed former Blackburn, Chelsea and Celtic striker Chris Sutton as their new manager.

The 36-year-old, who was capped once by England, succeeds Peter Jackson who was dismissed by the Imps at the beginning of September.

Sutton's assistant at Sincil Bank will be ex-Blackburn defender Ian Pearce.

They will take charge on Wednesday, with caretaker boss Simon Clark staying in charge for Tuesday's League Two match at home to Notts County.

Sutton told BBC Radio Lincolnshire: "I'm really pleased to get the opportunity to come here and manage and I want to take the club forward as quickly as I can.

"The setup here is fantastic. There is a good infrastructure, it just needs the team to start winning games on the pitch.

"Over the last couple of years I've thought about it [going into management] and got organised. I'm ready and prepared.

"Now we want to get the team organised, get the confidence up and start winning football matches.

"We need to pick up a couple of results, and if we do that we'll get some momentum and over the course of the next few months I'm convinced we'll improve."

Sutton began his career at Norwich City, initially as a defender before converting to a striker.

He became the first £5m player in English football when he moved to Blackburn Rovers in 1994, and the following season formed the "SAS" strike partnership with Alan Shearer as Rovers won the Premier League title.

A single England cap followed in 1997 and in 1999 Sutton moved to Chelsea for £10m, before heading to Celtic the following season.

After six prolific years in Scotland Sutton returned to England, joining Birmingham and then Aston Villa before retiring in July 2007 with an eye injury.

During his career Sutton played under high-profile managers including Kenny Dalglish and Martin O'Neill and added: "I was lucky enough to play under many managers who were very successful.

"It doesn't necessarily mean I'm going to be successful but it was a fantastic experience to play under them and how could you not learn from those guys?"



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