Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth leaves the club

David Holdsworth has left his job as manager of Lincoln City Football Club on Sunday after 16 months in the post.

In a statement, the Lincoln City FC board of directors said Holdsworth left the club by mutual consent.

“The Board thank David for his efforts during his tenure and wish him every success for the future.”

The club added: “No further comment will be made by the Football Club or its officials at this time.”

David Holdsworth left the Imps just a day after his team was defeated 3-2 by Hereford United, pushing down the club to 18th spot in the Blue Square Bet Premier league.

After a career as a footballer at Watford, Sheffield United, Birmingham City and Walsall among others, David Holdsworth retired from playing and in 2008 was appointed as the new manager of Mansfield Town. He left Mansfield by mutual consent after less than two years with the club.

Holdsworth joined Lincoln City in October 2011 and replaced Steve Tilson, who was sacked after the club was relegated to the Blue Square Premier league during his tenure.

David Holdsworth was the 33rd person since the Second World War to occupy the managerial hot seat at Sincil Bank, either permanently or on a caretaker basis.