Are Rooks set to announce new manager today (Friday)?

Lewes FC chiefs were last night due to meet to make their final decision on who will be appointed the new manager of the Rooks.

The club had received nearly 30 applications for the job made vacant when they decided to part company with Simon Wormull at the end of last season.

A shortlist of six candidates was made by club chiefs for consideration which was then whittled down to an even smaller number following the rounds of interviews carried out by the club both last week and this.

As we went to press yesterday it was understood the club was hopeful of making an announcement about who the new manager was sometime today (Friday), although board members are willing to defer any decision until next week if they feel it is necessary to make further deliberations.

Names linked to the vacant Rooks manager’s post have included former Eastbourne Borough boss Garry Wilson, ex-Crowborough Athletic joint manager Simon Colbran and one time Brighton & Hove Albion Youth Team manager Steve Brown.

Meanwhile, Lewes FC belatedly moved up one place in the Ryman Premier table after Thurrock were the subject of a shock ruling that saw them relegated, despite having finished one place above the Rooks at the end of the 2012/13 season, in 18th.

Thurrock were docked three points after the FA found they had fielded Joel Barnett whilst he was under a sine die suspension.

It means Carshalton Athletic, who finished in the second relegation place, have been reprieved.