Notts County will today begin interviewing candidates to become their next first-team manager. Sky Sports understands that there are seven names on the shortlist and they hope to have a new man in place before they face Accrington Stanley in a few weeks.
It is also understood that current Newport County manager John Sheridan is amongst those names and he has been the bookies favourite to replace the recently-sacked Ricardo Moniz for most of the time ever since. Another name said to be in the running is ex-Blackpool, Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark.
Academy manager Mick Halsall and Under-21 coach Richard Dryden have been overseeing first-team duties in the interim and were at the helm for the 4-2 weekend defeat against promotion chasing Oxford United. They will again be in the dugout this weekend when they make the trip to face Accrington Stanley.
It was only a few days ago that Newport director Gavin Foxall confirmed to the BBC that there had been no approach from Notts County or any club to speak to Sheridan about a managerial vacancy. It would appear the situation has changed, or will change, since then. Newport have an FA Cup tie against Blackburn Rovers this weekend.
Moniz was sacked after a disappointing start to the season. The former Tottenham coach also failed to keep the club in League One, with the final day defeat at Gillingham consigning them to relegation in May.