AFC Wimbledon chief executive Erik Samuelson has revealed axed manager Terry Brown’s replacement could be unveiled within a week.
The 60-year-old boss and assistant Stuart Cash were sacked after a board meeting on Wednesday having bid an emotional farewell to fans at
Kingsmeadow in the aftermath of Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat to Torquay United.
First team coach Stuart Bassey will be in temporary charge for tomorrow’s trip to Wycombe Wanderers, but his reign is expected to be short-lived after the Dons took the unusual step to publish an online job advert for a new chief hours after confirming Brown’s exit.
Applicants have until September 25 to declare their interest in the role – with former Brentford boss Andy Scott among the first to throw his hat into the ring.
And Samuelson insisted there was no reason why fans could not expect a quick turnaround when it came to appointing Brown’s successor providing they are the right man for the job.
“We’ll come up with a long list, which will be whittled down to three or four and they will be invited in for an interview,” he revealed.
“This will take place over the next week or so.
“In terms of the timescale, there is no reason why something done quickly cannot be considered and we will do that.
“I believe there are several candidates out there who we would look very seriously at, and I believe some of those several would suit us very well.
“I don’t think there is anyone in football who is not aware that the vacancy exists, it is just about making sure they understand the rules.
“We just need to make sure we meet them, have a strong look at what they’ve done and make sure they fit our profile due the unusual nature of our club.
“We might get something wrong, but it is a system that has worked well for us in the past – it is how we recruited Dave Anderson and Terry Brown.”
League Two title winner Scott – who has the backing of Dons defender Pim Balkestein and was a face in the crowd on Tuesday night – will top the list of favourites for the job, while romantics might
suggest club legends Lawrie Sanchez and Marcus Gayle are in the frame.
But rather than answer the advert, Scott revealed he might prefer the Dons to approach him.
“If Wimbledon make it clear they want to interview people then I will throw my hat in the ring,” he said.
“But I want to wait until the dust settles before saying too much out of respect for the job Terry has done.
“Should Wimbledon approach me I would not turn down an invitation to speak to them.
“We will see what their plans are, they might interview people or they might have someone in mind.”
Brown’s exit sparked a wave of tributes on the internet, with former Dons striker Jon Main tweeting: “Hope it’s not true. Terry brown you gave me the best 4 years of my life :).”
And Samuelson could not hide his gratitude for Brown’s part in the club’s history.
He said: “The fans deserved his thanks and Terry deserved their’s. Wthout him we would not be in the Football League.”