Yellows close to naming new manager

HUCKNALL Town have drawn up a shortlist of seven in their search for a new manager to replace Des Lyttle.

They are refusing to divulge the identity of any of the candidates.

But they say they are expecting to make an appointment “by next Monday at the latest”.

Town have been on the hunt since former Nottingham Forest defender Lyttle (40) resigned on May 1 at the end of a rollercoaster season.

The new boss will be the club’s 13th appointment since John Ramshaw was sacked in 2001.

Ramshaw himself, the current manager of cash-strapped Eastwood Town, was named as one of the early front-runners for the position in what would be a poignant return to Watnall Road.

But another ex-chief, Tommy Brookbanks, has told friends there is no chance of him returning, even though he resigned from divisional rivals Stamford on the same day as Lyttle.

Veteran defender Chris Timons was understood to be The Yellows’ first choice. But he would be unlikely to commit the time because of his demanding job with the fire service.

Three sessions of interviews have been staged by Town officials Liz Morley (chief executive), Tony Knowles (vice-chairman) and John Coleman (former chairman).

“We have been impressed by all the candidates,” said Morley.

Two names to have emerged in recent days are Brett Marshall, who has guided Retford Town to the Northern Counties East League, Premier Division championship (one level below Town), and Colin Thacker, a popular former captain of the club in the Ramshaw days.

Marshall’s Retford squad includes a cluster of players with Hucknall connections, including striker and top scorer Warren Hatfield (24) and defender Danny Hayes (22), while one of the club’s coaches is Hucknall-based Jody Caudwell (27).

Ex-player Marshall has also enjoyed success as manager of Southwell City, Kirkby Town and Blidworth.