FC Halifax Town: Search for new manager continues at The Shay

The Shay Stadium.
The Shay Stadium.

More than 20 candidates have been interviewed for the manager’s job at FC Halifax Town, but an appointment may not be made before next Saturday’s home game with Cheltenham.

Caretaker-manager Gareth McClelland has taken charge of Town’s last two games against Southport and Gateshead, and will oversee tomorrow’s trip to Welling (3.0).

It is hoped a new appointment could then be in place for the game against Cheltenham, but the Town board are prepared to take their time to ensure the right candidate is found.

Bosomworth says the standard of applicants has been “very good” and is determined to carry out a thorough search for his next manager.

“So far we’ve had more than 100 applications, which is a lot since last Thursday,” he said.

“We haven’t advertised the position apart from on the website.

“We’ve tried to do an initial sift of the applications and we’ve started interviewing.

“We started at 8am on Tuesday morning and did five throughout the day. Starting last Tuesday, interviews commenced at 8am each morning through to Friday.

“There were eight on Wednesday, eight on Thursday and we have some more after that, but obviously with Welling on Saturday, we’re hoping to get to second interviews on Sunday but that might not be possible and they might drop into next week.

“Obviously we are away at Welling all day Saturday, so we are hoping to commence second interviews early the following week.

“We’ve got to do this properly and try to find that one person that’s going to be the best candidate.

“Whether we are able to secure someone in time for the home game with Cheltenham, we will have to see.”

Bosomworth took plenty of positives from Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with high-flying Gateshead, which was rumoured to have been watched by some of the applicants, including former Hartlepool manager Colin Cooper and former Stevenage and Preston coach Dino Maamria.

The Town chairman believes any potential new managers will have liked what they saw on and off the pitch.

“I think you saw from Tuesday’s performance that the lads are more than capable of putting a game of football together and they performed really well,” he said.

“I thought the fans were fantastic as well. They’ve interacted with the performance of the team on the pitch and that’s important because they lift one another.

“It was a really positive night for us and on another night and with a little more luck, we’d have got the win.

“There was the disallowed goal, the missed penalty, sadly I didn’t see our goal because I was speaking to various agents and candidates who were discussing the manager’s job!

“The team played some really good football and it was very encouraging.

“I’m sure any managers who were there watching would be delighted to be part of FC Halifax Town

“We’ve had some good feedback on the pitch, the stadium and the team and we’ve even got a couple of international applicants.”

The level of home support at The Shay fell below 1,000 for the first time this season against Gateshead, a fact which Bosomworth is pragmatic about.

“It was a disappointing gate of course, but it was a Tuesday night, which never helps,” he said.

“But you can’t blame the fans because it was a frustrating performance last Saturday.

“Nobody likes a state of flux, period if uncertainty and they’ll probably get more excited when there’s a new manager in place.”

Bosomworth also had praise for the work of McClelland and his temporary coaching team.

“Gareth has come in and done a great job with Steve Nichol, Eddie Haslam and Mark Gould,” added Bosomworth.

“They’ve put a real shift in for us and they’ve done a really good job.”