Former Chester FC manager Jon McCarthy is in the running for the vacant managerial position at Southport, it is understood.

The 47-year-old was sacked as Chester boss last month following a dismal start to the National League season and has since been replaced by Marcus Bignot in the hotseat at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

McCarthy was present at the Merseyrail Community Stadium on Saturday to watch the Sandgrounders fall to a late 2-1 home defeat against Spennymoor Town.

Former Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies, who also expressed an interest in the Chester job after McCarthy’s sacking, was present on Saturday to watch the Sandgrounders, while ex-Chester City defender Darren Edmondson, who had successful spells at Workington and Barrow as a manager, is another in the frame.

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