One of the League's youngest managers, Phil Stant was appointed as Lincoln City manager in the summer of 2000, replacing John Reames at Sincil Bank having worked as hios assistant.
He signed for Lincoln in 1996 having played in the lower divisions for over 15 years at various clubs, most notably Notts County, Huddersfield, Fulham, Mansfield and Cardiff.
The veteran striker still featured regularly in The Imps' line up, mainly as a substitute, in the 1999/2000 season, taking his goal tally for the club to 28 before stepping up to take the managerial reins.
In his first season at the helm, he struggled to lift the team from the bottom end of Division Three and became involved in a relegation battle with Darlington, Exeter, Carlisle and York.
He will be hopeful of steering the club to survival and then building towards a return to Division Two, where Lincoln spent just one year in 1998/99.