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The search for a successor to George Burley as manager of Derby County is already underway, said the club's chief executive, Jeremy Keith.
As expected, many names will be linked with the Pride Park hot-seat and Keith says he has already fielded a number of calls from agents representing potential appointments.
With the first-team squad expected back at pre-season training at the end of this month, an appointment needs to be made sooner rather than later.
But Keith realises the Derby board need to make the right decision, rather than being rushed into an appointment they may regret later.
"We recognise that, in terms of being ready to compete next season, a good pre-season is vital," said Keith.
"But by the same token, it's very easy to make snap decisions now and regret them later so we shall be urgently, yet thoroughly, looking for a new manager."
Keith said the board were in the process of drawing up a list of potential candidates for the position, adding that he expected there to be a large number of applications.
He added: "We have to recognise that Derby County is the kind of club that many managers would like to be at. I've had a lot of phone calls already from agents suggesting that their clients would be the ideal solution for Derby."
It's possible the departure of Burley will have scuppered potential signings who had been attracted to the club because of his reputation.
"I think we have to accept that anyone coming to work at the club needs to know who they are working for," added Keith.
Among the early front-runners for the position could be Preston North End's Billy Davies, the man who guided his side to the Championship play-off final at the expense of the Rams.
Davies was responsible for turning the Lancashire club's fortunes around after stepping up from his coaching role to take over from former boss Craig Brown but the Deepdale board would not be keen to see him leave.
Howard Wilkinson, currently on the board at Notts County, is another possible candidate.
His last management role saw him preside over a disastrous spell at Sunderland, which precipitated their relegation from the Premiership in 2003. Although he is available, it's likely his appointment would be seen as a backward step and unpopular with Rams fans.
Peter Reid, who resigned as manager of Coventry City in December last year, could also be looking for a way back into management, as could former Nottingham Forest boss Paul Hart and Stan Ternent, who parted company with Gillingham at the end of last season.
Steve Cotterill, currently the Burnley boss and who worked under Wilkinson at the Stadium of Light, was in the frame for the Rams position before Burley's appointment and could be another option.
Only manager mentioned in that I would like is Billy Davies, though why he would leave that too join the Derby Circus, I do not know.
I saw a list of all managers out of work on another message board, I'll try and find it and put it on here.
Originally Posted by Nico
I dont belive in jinxing mate, I do belive in playing at home with a 2-0 advantage against a team which I cant see scoring 2 goals!
Of course, if we lose, I'll never admit it was me who wrote this.
Forest 2-5 Yeovil aet
Brian Clough - Legend!