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Coventry shortlist nine potential successors

Since the departure of Andy Thorn last month, the race to become the new manager of League One strugglers Coventry City has attracted the attention of several potential candidates.

Thorn’s 16 month reign in charge at the Ricoh Arena was brought to an abrupt end following a difficult start to the Sky Blues’ first campaign in the third tier in 48 years.

Coventry remain winless in five league games and sit just outside the relegation places.

Despite the recent problems on the field and the club’s precarious financial state, the Sky Blues have received a high volume of applications regarding the vacancy.

Nine names have been shortlisted, but it is not known as to who is the favourite for the vacancy.

Oxford United boss Chris Wilder, is one of those to be interviewed.

Promotion favourites

It was thought that joint caretaker managers Lee Carsley and Richard Shaw would be in the frame for the job on a permanent basis, but with the former Premier League outfit still struggling to live up to their pre-season billing of promotion favourites, it is unlikely that they will be considered.

Coventry confirmed yesterday that former Hull City and Preston North End boss Phil Brown will be interviewed for the job.

Brown has been out of football since leaving Preston last December and has openly stated his desire to return to the dugout in the near future.

The Sky Blues are yet to confirm whether a new man will be placed in charge before Saturday’s trip to Tranmere.

It is expected that Shaw and Carsley will lead the side if the vacancy hasn’t been filled beforehand.

After three successive draws to start the season, Thorn was relieved of his duties but little improvement has been made since.

The promotion favourites have slipped to two straight league defeats and narrowly averted a first round Johnstone's Paint Trophy exit to Burton Albion, eventually prevailing on penalties.

Whoever is placed in charge faces a difficult task in guiding the West Midlands based club back into the Championship, in such a competitive division.

By Daniel Ludlam

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