SIXTEEN applications for the manager’s job at Stafford Rangers were received within two days of Graham Heathcote quitting last week.
And more were expected this week, after several other expressions of interest, club director Mick Hughes told the Newsletter.
Hughes said he remained optimistic about the future for relegated Rangers despite the departures of three managers in one season and a series of other setbacks, including chairman Rod Woodward stepping down, along with commercial manager Stuart Maun.
“As soon as news broke that Graham Heathcote was going the applications started coming in,” Hughes said.
“It goes to show that the club does still have a little bit of pull.
“We will be collating all the applications in the next few days and settling down to take a serious look at them.”
Hughes said the ideal candidate would be someone from within a 25 to 30-mile radius of Stafford, who could hopefully bring a nucleus of new players with him.
He admitted that not only the past season but the past few years had been “really terrible” for the club, but he insisted: “We will get through this.
“We have to tough it out,” Hughes added. “There is nothing to be done except to put our heads down and plough on.”
He said that many other clubs in the lower reaches of football were in the same boat as Boro, and pinpointed the start of severe problems for small clubs to aftermath of the financial crash of 2008.
“It has been tough for a lot of clubs at our sort of level for the past five years or so,” he said.
Team rebuilding on a very tight budget will be a priority for the next manager.