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Brian Caldwell: Manager Search

16 November 2018

Brian Caldwell updated the press this morning about the ongoing Manager search.

CEO Brian Caldwell updated the press this morning on the latest managerial hunt after it was announced on Monday that John Askey had parted comapny with the club. 

"We're still collecting all the applications that are coming in and notes of interest. Ever since the news went out on Monday afternoon that John had left I've been inundated with agents and emails coming in. 

"There's been a lot of applications and a lot of interest. A lot of Agents put names in as well, even though they haven't perhaps spoke to their client as well, but that's just modern football for you.

"We have had quite a number of notes of interest and CVs so it's up to us now. The list is ever changing and constantly needs updating. Just to go through them all and see which ones we feel would be best to speak to. 

"I think you've got to be open minded with this, you've always got to have that. You maybe have ones in your head that you would be interested in speaking to. But it's only fair that to anybody that's shown interest that you check out their background and check out a bit about them. 

"The last thing you want to do is miss somebody that might be a good fit for the football club, just because you don't know them that well. This is where it's really important that we take our time and do our own due diligence on those who we think will be the best ones. 

"Obviously the Chairman and I will go through the list, we are looking at it constantly, we'll have further discussions and try and get it down to where we need it to be." 

Brian told Shrewsweb that he is not ruling out a new appointment being from lower leagues. 

"We are open to whatever comes in. The difficulty is some Championship Managers might see it as a step down. I think also we've always gone with the identity of someone who's up and coming, somebody who wants to use Shrewsbury as a stepping stone, but if they're ambitious then I always believe ambition will bring success to the football club. 

"In some ways, there are plenty who have been on the merry-go-round. You want somebody to come here who's hungry and wants to prove a point. Unfortunately, it didn't work out with John the way we all wanted it to, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's broken.

Brian mentioned that whoever becomes the new Town Manager, needs to be able to fit well into the structure of the club such as the Academy and the Community. 

"Yes absolutely, I think somebody's got to fit in at the club and I think that's really important, there's a lot going on behind the scenes and it's important they buy into the Academy, the Community and fits in with the supporters as well. Somebody that everybody's going to get behind and I'm sure they will whenever we decide who to go for." 

"You know me I don't ever like saying timescales, obviously you want to appoint as quickly as possible for everybody's sake, but I think it's important we make this decision the right decision.


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