AFC Wimbledon have whittled down the candidates for the managerial vacancy at Kingsmeadow to just four names, according to the South London Press and Mercury.
AFC Wimbledon have been on the lookout for a new manager since they sacked long standing gaffer Neal Ardley – now manager of Notts County – earlier this month. After taking over 80 applications under consideration, The Dons have got their shortlist down to just four names, with an appointment surely not too far away.
Wally Downes, Kevin Nolan, Russell Slade and Shaun Derry are the men believed to have made the final four man shortlist for the job at the League One side after a second set of interviews has taken place over the course of this week and the last.
Downes – a former Wimbledon player – has previously been a coach at top flight sides Crystal Palace, Southampton and West Ham United. The only management jobs the London-born man has had were at Brentford and Indian side Jamshedpur.
Russell Slade has been out of management since he was sacked as Grimsby manager back in February. The 58-year-old has bags of football league experience, and is looking to get back into management after nine months out of the game.
Former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Shaun Derry was previously manager of League Two side Cambridge United, but he departed in February after a poor run of form. He was formerly manager of Notts County, where he spent a year and a half before being sacked with The Magpies in a perilous position.
Kevin Nolan was most recently manager of Notts County, before being sacked after six winless games at the start of this season at Meadow Lane. After Nolan’s departure, Harry Kewell arrived at Notts County, but he fared no better and was let go a matter of weeks ago. Nolan started his managerial career at Leyton Orient, where he spent only four months.