SWINDON Town chairman Jed McCrory has confirmed that the club has yet to formally begin their search for a new manager.

As reported by the Advertiser yesterday, McCrory confirmed that he has yet to approach anyone with a view to succeeding Paolo Di Canio at the County Ground, despite recent speculation.

The Adver understands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Phil Brown, Terry Butcher, Peter Taylor, Gus MacPherson and Andy Thorn are interested in the position, while Steve Coppell and Paul Tisdale have been linked with the Robins and Ian Dowie watched the 1-1 draw with Preston last weekend.

But for now McCrory and his new board of directors are happy to stick with the caretaker duo of Tommy Miller and Darren Ward.

“If we do have to make the manager decision swiftly then we will do so, although I haven’t spoken to anybody,” he said. “I haven’t rung anybody’s chairman to ask to speak to their manager.

“We’ve just concentrated on getting this done.

“We’ve been very respectful of the players’ wishes and to Darren and Tommy currently. We haven’t spoken to anybody. The betting’s gone quite bizarre - some very interesting odds.

“We look at it as football fans and as businessmen and when we would like to talk to someone we will contact the relevant people and do it the correct way “But in the meantime we’re supporting the players’ wishes and Darren and Tommy, and why shouldn’t they have a go? They love the club.

“We agreed to sit with Darren and Tommy on Wednesday and have a discussion on where we were, what their thoughts were and what our thoughts were, so I’ll be able to tell you more after Wednesday.

“I think we’ll look at anybody that will take the club forward, why wouldn’t we? We’d be naive not to.”

When McCrory was asked about the possibility of a return for Di Canio, he said: “If we feel there needs to be a manager come in we’ll act swiftly and we’ll act to the benefit of Swindon Town Football Club, and if that means Paolo wants to have a conversation in reference to the manager’s job if that’s what we get into, then of course we’ll have a conversation with him.

“There have been other big characters at this club, let’s be aware of that. To isolate it on one individual is I think a little bit hard on the heritage of this football club, because it’s a tremendous football club.”