AFC Wimbledon have provided an update on their search for a new manager, revealing that they have had ‘around 80’ applications for their vacant managerial position, and are hoping to appoint a new manager next week.

The League One side provided an update on the vacant managerial role at Kingsmeadow, after they relieved Neal Ardley of his services last week.

The Dons told fans via their club website:

“Following last week’s announcement about the departure of Neal Ardley and Neil Cox, the Club has received around 80 applications for the role of AFC Wimbledon first team manager.

“The Football Club Board has been reviewing all of the applications and producing a list of candidates to interview. Preliminary interviews are due to take place over the next few days, with a view to appointing a new manager next week. 

“The Board are of course determined to make rapid progress on this and to have the right manager in place as soon as possible. In the meantime, we are grateful to Simon Bassey and Steven Reid for managing the team on an interim basis.”

Former Brentford manager Walter ‘Wally’ Downes is being tipped for the role, with former Birmingham, Blackpool and Bury manager Lee Clark also being linked with the role. Recently sacked Paul Hurst’s name is also being thrown into the hat, but with the sheer amount of applications, it could be one of many to take charge.

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