ROTHERHAM United could have a new manager in place by the weekend according to chief operating officer Paul Douglas.
The Millers’ board cut down more than 40 applicants to a shortlist of five with interviews scheduled to take place in the second half of this week.
And Douglas says it is ‘likely’ a new appointment will be made this week.
He said: “We could make an appointment this week, I would say it was likely.
“We have got the list down to five and those people have been contacted.
“We’re planning to do the interviews towards the end of the week.
“We feel the right candidate is within the five we will talk to and there have been some very high-calibre applications.”
Douglas said the shortlist contained a range of ages and experience but candidates do share a characteristic.
He said: “Tony Stewart was determined that any individual would have a real passion about their work.
“That’s a common characteristic of the shortlist.”
Douglas also confirmed that current caretaker boss Darren Patterson has not applied for the job.
Former Doncaster Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll is the current bookies favourite for the position ahead of ex-Sheffield Wednesday boss Brian Laws and recently departed Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark.
Patterson belives the Millers hotseat will a great job for the next boss.
He said: “The whole set-up has been revolutionised behind the scenes and the new manager will be coming into something that is near enough ready-made.
“The club is run – in my estimation, and I’ve played at a higher level – like a Championship club with the way things are done.
“It’s a first-class club and the fact that the football club is moving into a new stadium means there is a great job in prospect for the next man in.”
The Millers host Hereford United on Saturday.