Possible runners and riders for the hot-seat

Steve King
Steve King

As always in football, the dust barely settles on a managers’ departure and speculation begins on who will be in charge next.

Chief executive Mike Spooner said he has already been bombarded with enquiries so Herald Sport indulges in a touch of pure speculation as to who might be in the running.

Ben Austin, 34, has agreed to take temporary charge and is responsible for selecting the side for the league fixture at Tonbridge Angles on Saturday.

Whether Austin wants the role on a permanent basis is unclear as the club captain, who has recently returned to first team action following a groin operation, is keen to continue his playing career.

Eastbourne based manager Steve King is a name often linked to the role. King has a proven track record in the Blue Square South having led Lewes to the title in 2008.

He returned to Lewes at the start of the season but in mysterious circumstances is currently suspended by the club. King topped an unofficial fans poll recently as to who they would like to see in charge at Priory Lane.

Many feel former Brighton stalwart Gary Hart could be ideal for the position.

At 34 years of age he is nearing the end of his playing days and it was thought he arrived at the club to be groomed as Garry Wilson’s successor once Hart finished playing. Has vast football league experience and likely has good contacts at Brighton. Has no managerial experience.

Former Boro player and coach Simon Colbran could be in the running for the managerial hotseat.

Coach worked under Wilson and Greenwood as coach four seasons ago before moving to take charge at Worthing. He led them to the play-offs in his first full season but resigned after severe budget cuts. In 2011 he applied for the Lewes job and was believed to be in the final three before withdrawing his application to take the job at Redhill.

After his distinguished playing career with Brighton and Gillingham finished Ian Chapman became manager of Whitehawk. In October 2006 he returned to former club Brighton in a coaching role while remaining manager of Whitehawk. He left Brighton in 2008 and was in the running to take over at Crowborough Athletic, but was not offered the job. He later coached Lewes on a casual basis. Known for his coaching and man management.

Bognor Town boss Jamie Howell has impressed many this season as his Bognor side sit proudly at the top of the Ryman League division one south. Howell, 34, played for Torquay United and represented England at schoolboy and youth level. He had a brief spell with Brighton before joining Bognor where he made more than 400 appearances. Was sacked after a brief spell as Burgess Hill boss.