Kevin Nolan is a contender for the Shrewsbury Town job, according to BBC Shropshire Sport.

The League One side are in the hunt for a new manager after sacking John Askey last week following a poor start to the season.

Nolan is available after being harshly dismissed by League Two outfit Notts County at the end of August and could be set for a return to the dugout.

Wrexham boss Sam Ricketts is the bookies’ favourite for the Shrews job, as reported by The72 last week. He has made a great start to life in management but has apparently said he has received no approach from Shrewsbury as of yet.

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Other potential candidates to replace Askey at New Meadow are Newport County’s Michael Flynn, former Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer or their former boss Paul Hurst, who is now looking likely to make the move to Notts County.

Nolan, who is a familiar name amongst English football fans after spells as a player with Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and West Ham United, would be an interesting appointment by Shrewsbury having emerged as a genuine candidate.

The 36-year-old became the player-manager of Leyton Orient in January 2016 and was in that post for six months. He then took over Notts County in January 2017 and steered them away from relegation danger in his first season at the club.

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Nolan then guided the Magpies to the League Two Play-Offs last season in which they lost to Coventry City over two legs. Eyebrows were raised when they sacked him in August, but could he be on his way back to management with Shrewsbury now?


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