Yeovil Town manager Darren Way is being linked with the managerial vacancy at Shrewsbury Town, if you believe one commercial website. The Here Is The City (HITC) site has run a rather speculative looking article suggesting that the Glovers boss is a 'contender' for the post vacated by Micky Mellon when he left the New Meadow earlier this month.
Shrewsbury have been without a manager since October 6th when Mellon left to take up a position at Tranmere Rovers. His departure appeared to have an element of 'jump before you get pushed' about it, given that the Shropshire side were bottom of League One with only two wins from 11 games. Three further defeats have made that situation worse and they're now five points from safety and stuck in 24th position in the table.
The HITC article contains no quotes, or firm names, claiming that they are using "sources close to the (Shrewsbury) club", and don't offer a lot else other than a brief resume of Way's career so far. Elsewhere, the Shropshire press are painting a very different picture, believing that they are on the verge of naming their new manager, having shortlisted three candidates. The on-the-record bit from the Shropshire Star comes from Chief Executive Brian Caldwell who suggests that it is touch and go as to whether they'll have their new man in place by Saturday, or whether existing Caretaker Manager Danny Coyne would lead the team out for one last time:
"We're down to the final three. It's a close call and we know It's hard for everyone to be patient. We want to get the right person in for the job and we'd be happy if it was any of the three. Never say never - if we can make an appointment the new manager will lead the team out. There's a possibility Danny (Coyne) might still be in charge (of the team), but we're making every effort. All three (shortlisted managers) have bought into the club, they're hungry and want to take the club to the next level. We want someone who demands to be successful. We need someone with driving enthusiasm. You can get an understanding of people if you speak to them face to face. You can judge someone in the first 15-20 minutes of speaking to them. We feel we've got the right ones, they had those attributes."
The Shropshire press appear to be in the dark as to who the three shortlisted candidates are, merely choosing to rule out two names - Alan Archibald (at Partick Thistle) and John Hughes (formerly of Inverness) - who had been on their rumourmill, stating that they believe those two are no longer being considered. BBC Radio Shropshire had also named Archibald, but pointed out that Shrewsbury had been trying to agree a compensation package.
As such, unless both Shrewsbury Town and Yeovil Town have managed to keep things extraordinarily quiet, or that Salop have been forced down a radical change of plans, the HITC reports connecting Way with the vacancy would seem to sit a significant distance away from what the Shrewsbury local media are saying. If that situation changes, or when Shrewsbury announce their new boss, we'll provide an update.
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