Ex-England star Colin Todd eyes Berwick manager's job

By Chick YoungBBC Scotland football pundit
Colin Todd
Todd began his managerial career at Middlesbrough

Former England defender Colin Todd and ex-Rangers favourite Dave Smith are among the prominent names keen to replace Jimmy Crease as Berwick boss.

Crease, 62, left the Scottish Third Division club last month and Ian Little was installed as interim boss while a new manager was identified.

Also linked to the Shielfield Park vacancy are former Falkirk defender Neil Oliver and Ian McCall.

McCall, 47, resigned as manager of Partick Thistle in April.

Todd made 27 appearances for England in the mid-1970s, having established himself as one of the country's top players while at Sunderland and Derby.

He moved into management in the 1990s with Middlesbrough before moving to Bolton, Swindon, Derby, Bradford, Danish side Randers and, most recently, Darlington, a club he left in 2009 after a poor run of results.

Smith is a former Scottish player of the year and was a popular left-half for Rangers and key figure in the team that won the European Cup-Winners' Cup in 1972.

As player-manager at Berwick from 1976-1980, he led the team to the Second Division title in 1979.

Oliver, at 44 the youngest of the main contenders, began his playing career at Shielfield Park before moving to Blackburn Rovers, Falkirk, Hamilton, Clydebank and East Fife.

Ian McCall played for a clutch of clubs before moving in to management with Morton in 1997.

His career since has mostly been at clubs in the Scottish Football League, although he did have a spell managing in the Scottish Premier League with Dundee United.

The Berwick directors will soon be deciding who to interview for the post at the Third Division outfit: the closing date for applications is Thursday 10 November.

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