Raith draw up a shortlist amid huge interest in manager’s job

Raith Rovers directors have drawn up a shortlist of candidates for the manager's position.
Raith Rovers directors have drawn up a shortlist of candidates for the manager's position.

Raith Rovers are to start interviewing for the manager’s job after drawing up a shortlist from over 100 applicants.

Rovers have had huge interest in the post following the dismissal of Grant Murray last week, with the CVs of four overseas international managers among those to drop into the Stark’s Park inbox.

The Raith board met on Tuesday night and narrowed the list down to “no more than half a dozen” interview candidates, with an appointment hoped for within two to three weeks.

Eric Drysdale, club chief executive, told the Press: “The response has been unbelievable.

“When going through the selection process last time, there was nothing like this level of interest.

“Take away the fans with a sense of humour and there are a good 100 or so football people with varying degrees of experience, from Scottish football, down south, Europe and around the world.

“We’ve narrowed it down to the type of person we think we need to take this club forward. We’re now taking the next steps hopefully to speak to these candidates within the next week.”

Drysdale was keen to point out that the board is looking for someone capable of taking the club to the next level.

“We’re looking for the complete package – someone who ticks a lot of boxes,” he said.

“Its not just about immediate results – it’s longer term as well. Playing attractive football is clearly an important factor – but we’d quite like to win as well.”

Drysdale refused to confirm whether Murray’s assistant, Laurie Ellis, or director of football, Maurice Malpas, were among those being considered for the post.

Discussions are ongoing with both with regards their future at the club, with Drysdale adding: “Everything depends on the final selection of who comes in. We very much appreciate the efforts of Laurie and Maurice in the interim period.”

Meanwhile, Rovers have been pleased with the response to the early bird season ticket offer, with over 150 supporters queueing at Stark’s Park in torrential rain on Tuesday to take the total number sold so far to 800.

“We’ve had a very good response,” Drysdale said.

“We’ve not quite reached the heights of last season but it’s still a very healthy number that a number of Championship clubs would be jealous of.

“It’s a million miles from where we used to be. Going back seven or eight years, we had 400 season ticket holders in total – now we have 800 early birds. That’s not bad.”

The early bird offer is now closed, with the exception that existing season ticket holders can still renew online at discounted rates until midnight on Sunday.