Lincoln's Holdsworth calls for success-related contracts

David Holdsworth
Holdsworth says he does not have a formal contract as Lincoln manager

Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth says player contracts should reflect success and not reward failure in the current economic climate.

Under Holdsworth the Imps have released several players who were on deals drawn up prior to relegation from League Two.

He told BBC Lincolnshire: "Players must be willing to have success-related contracts. When they're not successful they should take a pay cut.

"If clubs don't put in clauses for when they get relegated, more fool them."

Holdsworth felt much of the Blue Square Bet Premier club's plight, and that of other clubs, stems from excessive fixed deals given to players.

"The most disconcerting thing for me is that there are people who are very happily draining this club of money without pulling up their sleeves and getting stuck in," he added. "They have no desire and that bugs me.

"Clubs in League Two should be looking at that right now and asking why they haven't got this addressed, because if the worst comes to the worst, look what happens.

"How many clubs come down and bounce straight back? Not many."

Former Mansfield boss Holdsworth, who took charge in October 2011, also revealed that he did not have a formal contract tying him to the Sincil Bank club in the event of dismissal or another club making an approach.

"I don't have a contract, I have an agreement," he said. "But I'm enjoying it here and that doesn't bother me.

"At Mansfield I had a price on my head and couldn't take the chances which came my way, but I've not come here with any thought other than giving 100% commitment.

"It cuts both ways. It's no good me saying it about the players then not doing it myself."