‘very interesting shortlist’ - Smith

It’s been a week of feverish speculation as to who could take the reins at Eastbourne Borough.

The rumour mill has been working overtime with everyone from Hailsham Town manager Kenny McCreadie to former Liverpool and West Ham hard man Julian Dicks said to have expressed their interest.

Steve King is still believed to be in the running after it was confirmed late last week that he has parted company with Lewes following his suspension. Other names in the frame are thought to include former Newport County boss Anthony Hudson, the son of ex-Chelsea player Alan.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp once described Anthony, 30, as ‘The next Mouriniho’ and a ‘Premiership manager in waiting’ but his unsuccessful stint at Newport lasted just three months.

Ex-Boro’ coach Simon Colbran could be shortlisted but former Brighton man Ian Chapman is said not to be interested in the role but could be persuaded to work alongside a manger in a number two capacity. Dover Athletic manager Nicky Forster ruled himself out. Asked if he was keen on the job on Twitter, he simply responded. “No.”

One former Brighton man said to be catching the eye of the committee is ex-defender and Sussex based Paul McCarthy who was the player-assistant manager at Ebbsfleet. The Eastbourne Borough committee met this week and whittled the numerous applications down to a shortlist of seven that chairman Len Smith (pictured) described as, ‘Very interesting.’

“We have had a very good mix of applicants and we are delighted with the response we have had.

“We have a shortlist and it ranges from the inexperienced to the very experienced. We have had applicants from the Sussex area and applicants from abroad as well. It has been a very interesting process and we are very encouraged by the quality of the applicant.”

Maidenhead dug-out duty for Austin

The club hope to announce Garry Wilson and Nick Greenwood’s replacement next week but in the meantime skipper Ben Austin will once again take charge for the crunch game against Maidenhead at Priory Lane tomorrow.

Defensive problems are stacking up for Austin following the sale of Gary Elphick to Eastleigh and Austin’s injury sustained at Lewes on Wednesday. Gary Charman, began Wednesday’s Sussex Senior Cup tie at central midfield but dropped to centre half following Austin’s injury.

Austin said, “Maidenhead is a massive game for us. We played quite well against them last time and we know if we can enforce our style of play on them, we can cause them problems.”

Carl Rook, who was sent off against Tonbridge could return to the starting line-up. Gary Hart faces a fitness test after he twinged his glute at Lewes.