Four men in contention for AFC Wimbledon manager vacancy

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Wally Downes, Russell Slade, Kevin Nolan and Shaun Derry are believed to have made the final four-man shortlist for the AFC Wimbledon job.

The Dons have conducted second interviews after a deluge of applications for the managerial vacancy which they advertised on their website.

Hammersmith-born Downes, 57, would see Wimbledon once again appoint a boss who had playing links to the club. He started as an apprentice with the South London club and was a key cog of the team as it went from the Fourth Division to the top flight.

He has coached at Crystal Palace, Reading, Southampton and West Ham United. Management gigs have been at Brentford and Jamshedpur in the Indian Super League.

Grimsby Town manager Russell Slade

Slade is an experienced operator and made a little bit of Charlton history as he became the first British boss appointment made by owner Roland Duchatelet. But after putting some solid foundations down as the club adjusted to life in League One, he was dismissed just five months later with Karl Robinson succeeding him.

Since then he has bossed Coventry City and returned for a second spell with Grimsby Town.

Cambridge United’s manager Shaun Derry gestures on the touchline

Former Palace midfielder Shaun Derry is assistant manager to Robinson at Oxford United. He has managed Notts County and Cambridge United.

Former Bolton Wanderers and West Ham midfielder Nolan, 36, was sacked by Notts County in August after a six-game winless run. He initially cut his managerial teeth at Leyton Orient.

 

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