Lincoln targets Mark Kennedy to replace Michael Appleton as manager

Lincoln City want Mark Kennedy to replace Michael Appleton as their next manager, with the League One club understood not to be targeting Michael Carrick.

Lincoln have been without a permanent manager since Michael Appleton left his role at the League One club after three seasons in charge.

Carrick, who worked as Manchester United’s caretaker manager for three matches earlier this season, had been linked to the vacancy but it is understood the club are targeting Kennedy, who is currently the assistant head coach at Championship club Birmingham City.

Kennedy, 45, has only had one job in management, replacing Danny Whitaker at Macclesfield Town in January 2020. But he took charge of just 12 matches before resigning, with Macclesfield eventually relegated to the National League as a result of a points deduction for financial issues.

In total Kennedy won one match at Macclesfield, drawing three and losing eight.

Prior to joining Macclesfield, Kennedy began his coaching career at Ipswich Town, eventually taking up a coaching position at Manchester City’s academy, while also working at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He briefly returned to Ipswich after his Macclesfield departure, before taking his current role as Lee Bowyer’s assistant at Birmingham in June 2021.

He represented the Republic of Ireland 34 times during his playing career, during which time he enjoyed stints at Liverpool, Manchester City, Wolves, Crystal Palace, Cardiff and Ipswich.

Lincoln finished 17th in League One this season, a year after reaching the play-off final where they were beaten by Blackpool.

Appleton succeeded Danny Cowley at the LNER Stadium in September 2019.

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