Southport FC have given supporters an update on the club’s current search for a new manager following the recent departure of Alan Lewer and Head of Development, Mark Wright.
The statement was posted on the club’s site and reads as follows:
As fans will be aware, the closing date for applications relating to the positions of First Team Manager, Assistant Manager and Coach has now passed, and the Board will now begin the process of carefully choosing the successful candidates.
A Board Spokesman said: “We received almost 100 applicants for the available positions, and the standard of those applications was incredibly high. As well as receiving applications from all over the UK, we received CV’s from America, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Spain, Italy, India & Bulgaria, demonstrating that the roles are very much sought after and also that our ambitions and aspirations for the future of the football club are being recognised.”
The Board worked late into the night, and have now compiled a shortlist of 6 incredibly strong candidates, who will today be invited to the initial interview process commencing early next week. Thereafter, the Board will compile a final shortlist and conduct further interviews and due diligence, before making their final decision.
A Board Spokesman said: “This is the most important appointment in recent history and it is absolutely crucial that we get it right, we have therefore resolved not to rush this process, and ensure we conduct a measured and thorough approach to every candidate.”
“This weekend we entertain Spennymoor Town in National League North, on what is National Non-League Day, and we urge all football fans of any persuasion, and residents of Southport to come and support the team.”
“We would like to place on record our ongoing appreciation and thanks to Steven Schumacher & Iain Turner who continue to do a fantastic job with the team. The squad have volunteered for extra training this last 2 weeks and have worked fantastically hard. There is a real buzz back around the squad again, which is wonderful to see and be a part of.”