Paul Davis should know by the end of the month if he is to stay on as manager of Banbury United.
A decision to advertise his position was taken without his prior knowledge until two days before it appeared in the Non-League Paper.
If the takeover doesn’t go through then I’m 100 per cent I will be staying because I’m not going to resign.Puritans boss Paul Davis
Davis has not applied as he already occupies the position but he is keen to stay at Spencer Stadium.
A statement released by the Banbury United Board on Wednesday read: ‘Applications for the position of first team manager have closed.
‘The Board is pleased with the number and quality of applicants, which include a number of experienced managers and former professional players. Details of individual applicants will of course remain confidential.
‘In conjunction with the Steering Group for the proposed Community Benefit Society (CBS), a short list of interviewees has been drawn up with interviews starting this week. These will be undertaken with representatives from both groups on the interview panel.
‘It is anticipated that the recruitment process will be concluded within the next ten days.’
Ten days is a long time and will conclude at the end of the month. If it takes ten days to make a decision that will give the new manager even less time to recruit players.
Davis said: “I want to stay in football – and I want to stay at Banbury United – but I’ve had a couple of offers from other clubs and I don’t want them to pass me by if I’m not going to be kept on here.
“If the takeover doesn’t go through then I’m 100 per cent sure I will be staying because I’m not going to resign. If it goes through and they bring in another manager they are going to have to find a bigger budget.
“We are in limbo at the moment because of the uncertainty but I’ve still had ten players commit to staying if I do. The others are waiting to see what happens with my position.”