Shrewsbury Town: Chief executive Brian Caldwell 'snowed down' by applications

Brian Caldwell
Brian Caldwell moved to Shrewsbury in 2015 from St Mirren, having previously worked for Ayr United

League One club Shrewsbury Town have been inundated with applications for their managerial vacancy following the departure of Micky Mellon to Tranmere.

Chief executive Brian Caldwell says they have whittled over 100 contenders down to "10 realistically", from which they aim to make a five-man shortlist.

"We're not giving any timetables," Caldwell told BBC Radio Shropshire.

"It's been a bit of a crazy week since Micky left. We've been snowed down by the number of applications."

He continued: "The applications have been coming in thick and fast from home and abroad, up to around the 100 mark, but it should be no surprise. Shrewsbury Town is an attractive proposition, given the catchment area, with lots of potential, if we can get it right on the park."

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Three former Wolves bosses, Kenny Jackett, Dean Saunders and Dave Jones, have all been linked with the job, while Rob Edwards, the current first-team coach at Molineux, heads the betting with bookmakers.

Meanwhile, former Wolves midfielder Alex Rae, who left Caldwell's old club St Mirren last month, has told BBC Radio Shropshire that he is interested, and there has also been speculation about both Ian Holloway and Shrewsbury old boy Nigel Pearson.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley says he has had no approach, while another Shrewsbury old boy Nigel Jemson, who is coaching at another of his former clubs, Nottingham Forest, and out of work managers Tony Mowbray and Steve Cotterill have all said they are not interested.

Caretaker boss Danny Coyne, Shrewsbury's goalkeeping coach, has also ruled himself out - but he remains in charge for this Saturday's short trip to long-time derby rivals Walsall.

Shrewsbury are 23rd in League One and if they lose, and bottom Coventry avoid defeat at Charlton, they would slump to the foot of the table.

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