Lewes receive 25 applications for manager’s post

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LEWES Football Club has received 25 job applications by football bosses eager to become the next manager of the Dripping Pan outfit.

The vacant post of first team coach was advertised after the departure of previous management team Tim O’Shea and Neil Smith, following the club’s relegation from the Blue Square Bet South at the end of last month.

The deadline for those applications to be received was Monday of this week, and the club have announced that more than two dozen people have expressed an interest in taking over in the Rooks hot seat.

A statement released by the club read: “The process to appoint the next manager of Lewes Football Club continues after the club received 25 applications for the vacant role.

“The Board has been very impressed with the range of experience and qualifications from the applicants, and will meet this week to agree a shortlist.

“Directors have the difficult job of selecting the right manager for the club on the pitch, as well as someone who will endorse the club’s values and commitment to the community.

“Once the shortlisting has been completed, interviews will be scheduled within the next 10 days with an appointment planned before the Bank Holiday weekend.”

Lewes FC Chairman Steve Ibbitson said the Board were keen to get to a final decision quickly – but the most important thing was to get the right man for the job.

He said: “The search for a new manager has been going quite well. We got a lot of applicants; over 20, and we have narrowed that down to a fairly long shortlist, if there is such a thing. We will be interviewing over the course of the next week, and the two probable outcomes are that we either have a stand-out candidate straight away or we then go down to a shorter shortlist.”

Former boss Ibbo said the Board was “quite keen” to get a new manager in place as soon as possible so as to give them the best possible preparation ahead of the upcoming 2011/12 pre-season – but added that they would not rush into any decision.

“It’s very important that we do it quickly,” he said. “But it’s even more important that we get the right person. We need to take the time to get that right.

“There are all sorts of things we will be looking at: the ability of the person; how experienced they are; how good their contacts are; how the new person is going to work with the people at the club. There’s a whole list of things, it’s looking at the balance between one person’s strengths and weaknesses against another’s. It’s the with for any club and for any job. We have got to assess each candidate and come up with the best person.”