Bristol City owner Steve Lansdown has opened up on the process behind the Robins’ managerial hunt and revealed that there will be one or two candidates they wanted to speak to in the summer who will be assessed again.
The Robins decided to part company with Dean Holden in the week following the 2-0 defeat at home to promotion-chasing Reading. That result meant that it was six straight defeats in all competitions, a run which has seen them drop down to midtable in the Championship and seen them fall well away from the play-off picture.
There have already been reports of potential managers that the Robins could be interested in appointing, with Lincoln City’s Michael Appleton reportedly under consideration. Although, he has played down the prospect of that happening. While the likes of Paul Cook and MK Dons manager Russell Martin have also been linked with the job.
Speaking to Bristol City’s official website, Lansdown has revealed that there are around a dozen names already in consideration for the job, with a potential for one or two more to emerge as well. While he also suggested that there will be a couple of managers who they wanted to speak to in the summer, but who weren’t available, that they are wanting to revisit this time around.
He said: “There will be one or two on the list that we wanted to speak to before but we couldn’t do because it wasn’t the right time for them in their careers.
“But what we’ve done is we’ve, like everything else you start with a blank piece of paper. We have a good idea the type of person we want to bring in.
“We’ve got a list at the moment of about a dozen names that have either come by introductions over the last couple of days since the announcement of Dean departing was made and people that we wanted to follow up with.
“I’m sure there will be one or two more names that will come along as well. We’ll work with that list, we’ll talk to the representatives probably of those people and them themselves and in the meantime draw up a shortlist and then we’ll put that together.
“And I’ll make sure I’m involved with the final discussions with them, as we make that decision of who to go with next.”
This is shaping up to be a crucial decision for the Robins to have to make, with Bristol City in need of bringing in a manager or head coach who can help to steady the ship and recover their form as well as having the ability to build for the long-term. Holden’s appointment was something of a gamble by the club in the summer, and they need to be more successful with this next choice.
The likes of Appleton and Cook appear to be names worth considering and they have already been linked with the job, while Martin is also being linked but he would be something of another gamble given his limited experience with MK Dons in League One.
Supporters have been crying out for better communication by the club, so at least this update does provide that for them. However, it does not suggest there will be a manager arriving imminently and instead that time will be taken to get the right person for the job. That should only be a positive, and it will be interesting to see who they opt for and it seems that Lansdown will have a lot of input into it.