Harps manager hopefuls will be whittled down

Harps manager hopefuls will be whittled down
Finn Harps aim to have a new manager in place in the next 10 days after concluding the first round of interviews in Ballybofey.

Finn Harps aim to have a new manager in place in the next 10 days after concluding the first round of interviews in Ballybofey.

The Harps board were due to meet last night with the three-man interviewing committee of secretary John Campbell, FAI representative James Rodgers and board member Aidan Campbell giving their views.

The board were then expected to whittle down the applicants to “three or four” according to John Campbell.

“We will present our findings to the board,” he said. “From there, we will go through the recommendations and will put a list together of three or four and finalise the process.

“We may look for further information from those who apply then and they will get an opportunity to speak to the entire board.

“Here, they can tell us of their vision for the club, how they plan to take it there and within what parameters.”

Harps U-19 manager Sean McGowan is believed to be one of those who have bee interviewed, as is former Sligo Rovers and Bohemians boss Sean Connor, who currently trains Killybegs GAA team and lives in the town.

Don O’Riordan, who managed Sligo Rovers and Galway United, was interviewed over Skype on Sunday from China, where he is employed as a Technical Advisor for Beijing Baxi FC.

Joe Boyle, formerly in charge of Harps U-20s and the Republic of Ireland U-17s manager will be among the frontrunners, as will John Gill, who was in charge at both Dublin City and Dundalk.

Harps have been without a manager since Peter Hutton resigned on the first Friday in October but club secretary Campbell insists they are still in line for their timeframe.

“I said at last weekend that it would take a fortnight and that’s still the case,” he said.

“So we’re looking at Monday week (November 22). In these cases it’s better to take a little time.”