Hartlepool United’s search for a new manager will go into a third week.
Pools are still going through the interview process after receiving “many applications” according to chairwoman, Pam Duxbury.
This appointment is so crucial for the future of the football clubPAM DUXBURY
The chief executive, who replaced Gary Coxall at the head of the club earlier this month, explained that a flood of new applications arrived at the Northern Gas & Power Stadium following an advert being placed on the League Managers Association website.
Sam Collins remains the favourite for the post, the former defender, skipper and assistant boss is rated at 4-5.
Ex-Tranmere manager, Gary Brabin, is second favourite though his odds have moved from evens to 2-1, with former Grimsby chief Marcus Bignot also cooling in the market at 10-1.
SportMail understands former players Richard Barker and Mark Venus are two of the late applicants, along with Chris Turner, who has managed Pools in two separate spells.
Duxbury, in a statement released by the club yesterday, will “take the appropriate time” to appoint a successor to Dave Jones.
The chief executive had hoped to have someone in place this week but has released a statement to say the interview process was still on-going.
Duxbury said: “As promised, I wanted to provide an update on the work that is going on behind the scenes as we look to appoint a new first-team manager.
“This appointment is so crucial for the future of the football club and it is therefore important that we take the appropriate time to ensure we get it right.
“We have received many applications for the role as you would expect and, after speaking to the LMA, we also formally advertised, which has helped draw even more interest.
“We have had a panel of people working on the shortlist and we anticipate carrying out final interviews in the early part of next week with an announcement to follow as soon as possible.
“Once we have the right man in place, we will quickly move forward with our recruitment plans because it is essential to build a squad that fans can be proud of and one that can help us bounce back in to the EFL at the earliest opportunity.
“Work on the pitch and the new club crest are among many projects that had been in the pipeline months before the end of the season and we have to keep going because it’s important that we strive to improve off the pitch as well as on it. It is business as usual.”