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Stephen Bradley in talks to take over at Lincoln City

Stephen Bradley to speak with Lincoln City.

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley is set to begin talks with English League One side Lincoln City over their vacant managerial role.

The Imps parted company with previous manager Michael Appleton after the conclusion of their season on Saturday, and it now appears that they have set their sights on Bradley to take over.

Stephen Bradley is a wanted man.

According to Daniel McDonnell of the Irish Independent, talks will accelerate in the coming days, with the 37-year-old Dubliner likely to be joined by assistant manager Glenn Cronin and Hoops Sporting Director Stephen McPhail if he does make the move across the Irish Sea.

Bradley took over as Shamrock Rovers boss in 2016 and has since gone on to lead the club to consecutive Premier Division titles, in 2020 and 2021. Previous to that, he also led them to FAI Cup glory in 2019, bridging a 32-year gap since The Hoops’ last success in the competition.

Shamrock Rovers to Lincoln.

This season, Bradley and his side have been faced with the challenge of a revitalised Derry City, and currently sit three points behind the Candystripes at the top of the table.

Moving from Tallaght Stadium to Sincil Bank would mean Bradley giving up the upcoming Champions League campaign, with the Hoops hoping to improve on last year’s first qualifying round exit.

Appleton had been in charge at Lincoln since September 2019 and led the club to the League One play-off final last season, where they lost 2-1 to Blackpool.

This season has been less successful, with the club finishing 17th, 12 points above the relegation zone.

Despite this, Lincoln can be happy with their rise through the divisions in recent seasons, having gone from National League winners in 2016/17, to League 2 champions two years later, a promotion which brought them back to the third tier of English football for the first time since 1998/99.

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