HARTLEPOOL United are unlikely to unveil their new manager before Saturday’s trip to Chesterfield – despite a flurry of bets which forced bookmakers to suspend the market over the weekend.
SkyBet reported a significant move for former Burnley boss Brian Laws on Saturday and so closed their book on the race to succeed Neale Cooper.
However, SportMail can report that Pools will stick to their normal practice of gathering applications from which they will shortlist for interview.
Laws could well be the man who ends up in the hotseat, although suggestion of his imminent arrival is a little premature.
Pools’ hierarchy expect to have drawn up a list of names by the end of the week, during which period Micky Barron will remain in temporary charge.
Laws was as short as 1/6 with some bookies today and the 51-year-old Geordie is thought to be interested in a return to management, his most recent involvement being as director of football with Irish club Shamrock Rovers.
However, we understand that Laws is also in the running for a return to former club Scunthorpe United, where he managed between 1997 and 2004.
Current Iron boss Alan Knill is under pressure at Glanford Park and Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at home to MK Dons, which leaves them third from bottom, will not aid his cause.
Laws was heavily linked with a move to Victoria Park before Cooper’s appointment last December.
The most popular choice among supporters, however, remains former Pools captain Phil Brown.
Were he to apply then he could emerge as a strong favourite for the role.
Alan Thompson, the former Celtic assistant and Pools loanee, knows Brown well from their time at Bolton Wanderers and, while he is keen to go it alone in management, there remains the possibility that he could arrive with Brown.
Both Darrell Clarke and Dave Penney have expressed an interest in the role, while Pools’ much-improved display during the weekend draw at Brentford has put Barron right amongst the reckoning.