Gartside: Search continues for new Wanderers boss
PHIL Gartside is still waiting for Mr Right in his search to find the next Wanderers boss.
The Chairman reckons some of the names that have been linked to the role since he sacked Owen Coyle last Tuesday have been “laughable” but claims he has a list of “30 or 40 names” that could be considered serious contenders.
Gartside insists no manager has been offered the job but that the solid interim team of Jimmy Phillips, Sammy Lee and Julian Darby take the pressure off his efforts to find a successor quickly.
“Does it take away the timescale? Well, it certainly makes it more comfortable,” he said on BBC Radio Manchester this afternoon. “We've got quality people here doing a job.
“Jimmy is Bolton through and through and I've known him a long time.
“Him, Julian and Sammy have a wealth of experience and that we've been able to depend on that was a big bonus. That is the strength and the quality of the structure we have put in place here.
“It's not broken. Everyone said 'what's wrong with the club?' But there was nothing wrong except for the first team results.”
Gartside seems content to bide his time until the right person becomes available but stopped short in saying that Phillips and Co would not be considered for the job on a more permanent basis.
“You never know,” he said. “I think the problem with the way the fixtures fall is that we've got games every two or three days and it doesn't ease up. We're going to be inundated with fixtures and there is never going to be an easy time.
“It could possibly be that way, but it would depend on finding the right person.”
The chairman's words would certainly seem to stifle claims from the Midlands that Mick McCarthy will be unveiled as the new Wanderers boss, if he accepts terms.
It would also seem to cast doubt on other tabloid reports that claim a three-man shortlist has been drawn up.