Friday, May 19, 2006

In to view at the Interview

We now seem to know the names of at least three of the men interviewed as potential new managers for Charlton - Peter Taylor, Samy Lee, and Billy Davies.

The odds for each fell at Paddypower as they came forward to speak with messrs Murray and Varney.

Taylor made strange noises before he admitted going for interview, and now has definitely ruled himself out of the running, preferring to stay in Kingston.

Lee apparently flew back from the Portuguese training camp where he is fulfilling England coach duties under Sven. The rotund ex-Liverpool midfielder would be looking for his first managerial position, but has earned an excellent reputation as a coach, first at Liverpool and currently with Bolton.

Billy Davies is the third exposed candidate, after his chairman at Preston confirmed on the clubs website that he had given permission for him to be interviewed after being approached by Charlton. The intimation is that Davies' chat with our board will happen on Monday...

Al three are currently working for clubs in England, but there may be other candidates who either have been interviewed without the press knowing, or who aren't currently employed, so may not have been picked up on the media radar.

Mick McCarthy still cannot be discounted (unfortunately), and rumour has it that he also had an interview this week.

But as Varney said on the website - is the short-list a short one, or a long one? How many of the above would have applied for the post - Taylor and Davies appear to have been subject to advances from Charlton rather than the other way round. Possibly Lee too? Only McCarthy would have needed to put a stamp on a letter.

I suspect that there are still a couple of other names that may come to the fore over the weekend, as they too appear for interview.

Hopefully, by the middle of next week we will know who is to be the next Charlton manager. I just not sure how many nails I'll have left by then!

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