Newport County vacancy attracts early interest, says chairman Chris Blight

Anthony Hudson
Anthony Hudson's Newport County have won just once in the league this season

Chairman Chris Blight has revealed that Newport County have already received applications to replace Anthony Hudson, who left the Welsh club on Wednesday.

Hudson parted company with The Exiles after only 19 games and five months in charge, leaving County in the Blue Square Premier League relegation zone.

Hudson's assistant Lee Harrison will take temporary charge with help from player-coach Wayne Hatswell.

But Blight admitted: "We are already receiving applications into us."

Hudson succeded Dean Holdsworth as the permanent Newport manager in April but has left the Spytty Park club after failing to win his last 10 games.

County are hoping for a play-off push this season so their board of directors have acted as the club now seeks their sixth full-time manager in nine years.

Former Wales international full-back Andy Legg, manager of Welsh Premier side Llanelli, and Newport-born former Wales striker Nathan Blake have already been linked with the vacancy.

Blake, who played half-a-dozen games for County at the end of his 16-year career in 2006, was present at Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Forest Green Rovers, a game that transpired in being Hudson's final match in charge.

And Blight believes the County managerial position will be popular.

"People have contacted to say if anything happens please bear us in mind," he told BBC Wales.

"We had 55 applications for the position when it was advertised when Anthony was the successful applicant. So I feel pretty confident that we will be contacted by many."

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