Four Head the List

Last updated : 04 March 2002 By Andy Beill
Present caretaker manager and succesful youth team coach Billy Russell could have the job if he takes the side to promotion.

40-year-old Micky Adams, who is currently assistant to Dave Bassett at Premiership bottom club Leicester, is also in the running. After an accomplished playing career, he became player-manager at Fulham in 1996. He took them to promotion in his first season, but was replaced two months into the 97/98 season by high-profile Kevin Keegan despite being just outside the play-off places.

He went to Swansea a month later where he lost his first three games. He resigned and then joined Brentford in November, with the Bees 3rd from bottom after 16 games. They won only seven more games all season, getting relegated to the Third Division.

In April '99 he joined Brighton and won the Division 3 championship last season. Two months into the present campaign he left the Seagulls to become Dave Bassett's number 2 at Filbert Street.

Ronnie Moore has been succesful in his spell at Rotherham United. The Millers narrowly missed out on making the play-offs in 97/98. The following season they finished 5th, but went out to Leyton Orient in the play-offs. They clinched promotion the next season though, finishing runners-up to Swansea. In their first season in Division 2 they again achieved promotion. This season in the First Division they have been fighting relegation, and are currently 18th.

Moore says that he isn't making any decisions until the end of the season, when he will be looking to the Rotherham board to invest. If they don't he may consider the move to Hull.

Former Aston Villa forward Ray Graydon is a popular choice amongst the fans to take over the Tigers hotseat. The 54-year-old was sacked by Walsall in January despite having built up a good reputation with the Saddlers.

He was promoted from coach to manager at the Bescott Stadium in 1998, and won promotion to Division 1 in his first season in charge. They were relegated a year later and finishing 3rd from bottom, but bounced straight back after winning the Division 2 play-offs. After struggling in the First Division again this season he was shown the exit in January, but is looking to get back into management.

Meanwhile Kidderminster manager Jan Molby, Exeter chief John Cornforth, former Huddersfield boss Peter Jackson and former Leeds and Hull City manager Eddie Gray are not being considered by Adam Pearson.