FC Halifax Town: Harvey in driving seat for manager’s job, says Bosomworth

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Chairman David Bosomworth says Jim Harvey is in a strong position to be the next FC Halifax Town manager, but a decision may not be made until the end of the month.

Harvey has guided Halifax to two wins on the bounce in his capacity as caretaker-manager and will remain in charge for the visit of Guiseley tomorrow.

Bosomworth stressed the importance of not rushing into appointing the club’s third permanent manager of the season, but is planning for them to be in place before the January transfer window.

“We are not rushing the appointment,” he said. “We’ve said we hope to make a decision before the transfer window opens.

“Jim is in the driving seat and even if he lost a game it doesn’t mean we wouldn’t consider him.

“There’s a lot that goes into choosing a manager.

“We are sensitive to Jim’s position but we have got to try and make sure we get the appointment right.

“We will look at all our options but it’s about how the whole thing fits together.

“Jim’s managed two games and won them both which is obviously encouraging.”

Bosomworth is happy to have Harvey in charge, albeit on an interim basis, and is prepared to wait until the end of the month before making a decision if need be.

“We’d be comfortable with that, unless he goes and loses every game and the whole thing falls apart.

“It’s about the whole structure. Jim understands how the mechanics of how a club works.

“He’s gone back to training in the evenings rather than during the day, although we’re having to move from training centre to training centre.

“We’ve done the interviews.

“There are a few considerations going into the decision but the main thing is we keep winning games.”

The Town chairman admits the worst case scenario for the club would be having to change manager again in the second-half of the season and says it is vital the next appointment is their last of the current campaign.

Bosomworth believes another 36 points would probably see The Shaymen stay up this season, and is preparing for a full-scale retrospective analysis in the summer.

“We will reconsider the whole thing again in the summer when we know how we’ve done,” he added.

“We’re nearly halfway through the season and we’ve got to do significantly better than we have done so far.

“We’ve broken the season into four sets of games and we need to collect x number of points in each section and ultimately aim to get about 52 points to reach a safe position.

“Obviously there’s no guarantee that would be enough but generally speaking that should be.

“We know the last few away games against the likes of Cheltenham, Forest Green and Braintree will be very tough so we don’t want to leave it until those games to survive.”