Derry Metropolis boss Ruaidhri Higgins reportedly turned down the prospect to be thought of for the Notts County job.
The Magpies are looking for a brand new head coach after Ian Burchnall left the membership to take over at Forest Inexperienced Rovers. The board of administrators have mentioned the method may take “at the very least a few weeks” as they try to seek out the best candidate.
Quite a few doable contenders have been talked about, and Unbiased.ie stories that Higgins “was sounded out to see if he would have an interest after being recognized as a powerful candidate”. It’s mentioned that the 37-year-old would match the invoice primarily based on the model and strategy of his present crew, who play within the League of Eire Premier Division.
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Nevertheless, the report provides that Higgins, who was once Republic of Eire chief scout and analyst, is completely happy at Derry and determined to not discover the chance at Notts any additional. He solely signed a brand new four-year contract earlier this 12 months.
Luke Tisdale is favorite to succeed Burchnall, in keeping with bookmakers BetVictor, having simply left his position as head coach of Coventry Metropolis under-23s after seven years on the membership.
Mike Williamson is subsequent on the record, having simply led Gateshead to the Nationwide League North title as player-manager. The previous Newcastle United defender has additionally been linked with the Hartlepool United job.
Burchnall departed Meadow Lane shortly after the crew’s promotion bid was agonisingly ended by Grimsby City of their Nationwide League play-off quarter-final tie.
Grimsby tackle Solihull Moors at West Ham’s London Stadium on Sunday to determine who be part of champions Stockport County in being promoted to League Two.
In the meantime, Notts’ supervisor hunt has not stopped different enterprise being completed. Wing-back Tobi Adebayo-Rowling has been signed, together with prolific striker Macaulay Langstaff from Gateshead, sparking speak of a doable swift reunion with Williamson.
Elsewhere, defender Richard Brindley has signed a brand new two-year contract with the Magpies, whereas Elisha Sam has left the membership to pursue alternatives elsewhere.
A press release from the board of administrators earlier this week (Tuesday) mentioned they’d been working onerous to determine potential replacements for Burchnall, whereas additionally being “inundated with candidates”.
They added: “This course of has left us extraordinarily assured of recruiting a head coach who will swimsuit the membership’s philosophy and seamlessly alter to life at Meadow Lane.
“We might, nonetheless, wish to handle supporters’ expectations over timescales as we anticipate it to be at the very least a few weeks earlier than an appointment is made.
“We share the view of our followers that this can be a essential resolution for the membership as we proceed our pursuit of promotion to the EFL and, with the gamers not returning for pre-season coaching till late June, we see no profit in dashing this course of.”