JOHN Berylson hopes to begin interviews for the Millwall job next week, with the club’s board due to finalise a shortlist of candidates over the coming days.
The Lions are expected to whittle down the pool of applicants for the role to between eight and ten names, and it is believed that process began on Monday.
NewsAtDen understands that fans’ choice Owen Coyle is yet to apply for the post but has, through intermediaries, privately expressed an interest in taking over at The Den.
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson remains a likely contender and could be invited for an interview after his side’s League One play-off final against Brentford on Sunday.
Berylson told the club’s official site: “Firstly, the board has been impressed by the quality of applicants for the manager’s position here, and our aim is to review them all by the start of next week and draw up a shortlist.
“I would hope that we will then begin the process of interviewing later in the week, taking as long as is necessary until we are clear that we have the right man for the job.”
He added: “We are fortunate to be going through this process early in the closed season because we are not under undue pressure.
“However, we are mindful of the fact that the new manager will need as much time as possible to organise his pre-season and start to re-structure the squad as he sees fit.
“It goes without saying that this appointment will be a massively important one for us. We got it right when we appointed Kenny Jackett five and a half years ago.
“It is now vital that we pick the individual best suited and most capable of building on the solid foundations laid by Kenny, to help establish Millwall as a top-ten Championship club with the long term aim of challenging for promotion to the Premier League.”