THE search is on for the new Worksop Town first team manager.
Martin McIntosh was sacked on Monday following a disappointing start to the season, less than a year after he took over at Tigers.
The Scotsman paid the price after his side won just once in 11 outings, and exited the FA Cup at the first hurdle.
Club chairman Jason Clark told the Guardian a number of high profile applicants had already expressed interest in the job and explained why he chose to let McIntosh go.
The b2net chief executive said: “We’ve had loads of quality applicants this week.”
“I’m genuinely flattered at the type of people who are applying, I think it shows that the club is clearly on the up – and being in Worksop no doubt helps.”
Clark is hopeful for a swift appointment, to stop the rot and turn the 2011/12 campaign around.
“I would like to move quickly, we obviously need to ensure stability and try to resurrect the season,” he added.
Whoever the new man is, he’ll become Clark’s third manager since he took over the club in 2010.
McIntosh was appointed in October last year, after Peter Rinkcavage left the club by mutual consent following a breakdown in his relationship with Clark.
The Chesterfield businessman admitted that it was a difficult decision to sack McIntosh, but results had forced his hand.
He said: “Clearly the run of form we have been in has not been acceptable.”
“There are a number of factors that have influenced the results, and it is acknowledged that we have had terrible luck with injuries, as well as some individual errors that have cost us games, that are highly uncharacteristic from such a talented and committed squad.”
“The manager takes responsibility for what happens on the pitch, however ultimately I am responsible for the situation we are in.”
“I am bitterly disappointed at the way things have turned out. Martin and his assistant Phil have been honest, professional and hard working and I wish them both the best for the future.”
“I look back with admiration at the feats they achieved last season when faced with such a difficult situation, I think we all started this year with such optimism and high expectation – I hope we can still fulfil this and build from here.”
Tigers are likely to be under the charge of a caretaker manager this weekend at Chorley.
For interviews with Martin McIntosh and club captain James Cotterill see page 86