Dons' candidates face final judgment today

Pretender to the throne: Simon Bassey will face a final grilling from the board this afternoon and the race for the Dons' top job nears its conclusion

Pretender to the throne: Simon Bassey will face a final grilling from the board this afternoon and the race for the Dons' top job nears its conclusion

First published in Football Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

AFC Wimbledon caretaker manager Simon Bassey is one of four people facing interviews this afternoon for the top job at Kingsmeadow.

Bassey, who has been with the Dons since its conception 10 years' ago, will meet the board for a final interview at a secret location in London.

Chief executive Erik Samuelson says the board will make up its mind by the end of today and an official announcement will made on Wednesday.

Bassey has been caretaker boss for four games, winning two and losing two, since the last week of September.

However, after back to back defeats, the 36-year-old feared his chance for the top job had gone. But even before the 2-1 League Two win at Plymouth on Saturday, Bassey's name was already on the board's shortlist.

Bassey said: "This is a results game and however much I thought we deserved from the games we lost, they go down as defeats. I would not have been surprised if the board felt that way too.

"But I'm going to be called in this afternoon (Monday) and there is nothing else I can do in terms of results.

"But it has been positive how we have moved forward in a short period of time.

He added: "I just have to do my best, be honest, answer their questions as well as I can and hopefully I'll still be at Kingsmeadow this weekend."

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