FC Halifax Town: Search is on for Shaymen’s next manager

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The search for FC Halifax Town’s third manager of the season is underway, with Town chairman David Bosomworth starting the interview process today (Sunday).

Interviews will also take place early next week with around six or seven candidates in total, but Bosomworth doesn’t expect there to be a second interview stage as there was before the appointment of Darren Kelly, who was sacked on Tuesday.

That could speed up any announcement, although the Town chairman doesn’t know if there will be an appointment in place for next Saturday’s home game with Dover.

The club have received nearly 100 applicants, but Bosomworth says the new boss has to be an experienced manager after the appointment of Kelly, who had only been in charge of nine games with Oldham in his only previous management job before his stint at The Shay.

Bosomworth is expecting current caretaker-boss Jim Harvey, who has stated his interest in the job, to be in the running, but admits the pressure is on the Town board to get the appointment right.

He said: “We had to get through this week.

“A decision had to be made and Jim offered to carry on as caretaker.

“We’ve had a load of applicants and said at the fans’ forum on Wednesday that we’re going to take our time because the pressure is on us.

“Whatever decision is reached has to be made in the right way.

“There’s no guarantees whenever you make any appointment that you get that decision right so we just want to take our time.

“We’ve had one or two particularly good applicants.

“I’m sure Jim (Harvey) will be wanting to put his hat into the ring as well.

“We just need to take stock, understand where we are but obviously we’ll be keeping Jim in the loop as well.

Bosomworth was delighted with Halifax’s performance in their 4-1 win at Gateshead on Saturday, and personally praised the Town side after their third league win of the season.

“I thought we were absolutely outstanding,” he added. “I know Gateshead aren’t having a particularly good time at the moment but we’re certainly not either.

“When you’re bottom of the table and you’ve come away from home, lost your keeper when you’re leading 1-0 and concede an equaliser, to go and score three goals with 10-men is an outstanding achievement.

“And the lads looked strong at the end as well. All credit to them.

“I went in the dressing room, which isn’t something I often do, to say I was proud of their effort. It was very encouraging.”