New boss 
this week

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Brechin City chief Ken Ferguson is hopeful that the club can confirm who will replace ex-manager Ray McKinnon by the end of the week.

Applications were due in by close of play on Friday past and interviews for the vacant position will be held in the coming days.

We’re hoping to get someone appointed by the end of this week, or the start of next week.

Ken Ferguson

Ferguson said that there has been a good number of applications from candidates of significant quality.

The Glebe Park chairman is keen to get the new man in place as soon as possible so he can begin building the squad in advance of the 2015/16 pre-season which is just a few weeks away.

And Ferguson is happy to have several players already signed on for the new campaign, with talks with two more in advanced stages, to give the new boss a cracking base from which to build on.

He said: “We set ourselves a closing date of last Friday to give us time and we got a healthy number of good quality applicants.

“We’ve cut it down to a shortlist and we’re interviewing this week. We’re looking to get someone in place as quick we can.

“We’ve got a good nucleus of players already signed on for the club and we’re in talks with two more, so we’ve got a good group of players for the new manager to work with.

“Obviously you have to leave room for the new team to put their own stamp on things. We’re sitting as best as we can.

“With pre-season coming up pretty soon again we’re conscious that we need to get things moving.

“We’re hoping to get someone appointed by the end of this week or the start of next week.

“You find that there’s a bit of a lull when the season finishes as players go on holiday, there’s not a lot happening out there with the other clubs in terms of players but that will pick up.

“We’ve always had a good reputation for looking after players.

“We had a harmonious squad and we had players like Graeme Smith and Andy Jackson signed before the end of the season.

“We’re satisfied with the applications that have come in.

“We just want to get on with it and get on with the usual work ahead of a new season.”

The club this week confirmed that Grant Johnson and Darren Taylor have followed Ray McKinnon to Raith Rovers to join his backroom staff, so a full new team is required at Glebe Park.