Barrow AFC are drawing up a shortlist of three or four candidates to fill the vacant manager’s post at Holker Street.

Club managing director Andrew Casson is speaking with up to 12 of the 25 or so applicants who have put themselves forward to take over from Ady Pennock, who departed Holker Street two weeks ago following a seven-month spell in charge.

From those dozen, a small group will be selected to go forward for the next stage in the process, with newly-reappointed chief scout Paul Ogden, owner Paul Casson and other club directors involved before a final decision of the appointment – a fourth permanent manager in less than a year – is made.

“I’ve spoken with five candidates so far and I have another six or seven to have an initial conversation with,” said Andrew Casson.

“Then we will cut that down to the top three or four for the shortlist, and then have another interview, either with another director, the chairman, or Paul Ogden, to make sure there is an agreement on who is the best.”

The AFC managing director said the club were shying away from some of the more obvious names who have put themselves forward – with two of their past three managers, Paul Cox and Ady Pennock, both having had extensive experience in the National League. Instead, as part of a new overall approach for the club, he said the majority of those who are being considered are those newer to the management scene, more akin to the appointment of Dave Bayliss and Darren Sheridan in the 2007/08 season.

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