Hayes & Yeading United chairman Tony O’Driscoll was saddened by Phil Babb’s departure as manager and has already been inundated with potential replacements for the position.
The former Liverpool defender agreed his departure by mutual consent after last week’s defeat by Gosport Borough made it 10 games without a league win for the club.
Director of football Tristan Lewis has been placed in caretaker charge and will take control of this weekend’s Conference South fixture at Sutton on Saturday.
O’Driscoll admits that winless run ultimately led to Babb’s departure as he felt he had to act now to halt Hayes & Yeading’s slide towards relegation.
“He’s left the club because of results and nothing more than that,” O’Driscoll explained. “He’s a great guy and it was a difficult job. It was a mutual decision. We had a chat and both agreed to part ways and give somebody else a chance to come in and hopefully save us from relegation.
“Phil’s left on good terms and he’s more than welcome to come down to the club in the future. Everyone at the club loved having Phil here and we’re sad things haven’t worked out the way we all wanted.
“We’ve been inundated with applications already. Tristan Lewis will be in charge for the next game and will have had 10 days to prepare for the game. We are hoping to bring a couple of new faces in between now and the Sutton match.”
Out-of-work duo Dave Anderson and Marcus Gayle were both rumoured to be interested in filling the role while Julian Dicks and Kevin Gallen have also been linked.
At the time of going to press, the Gazette understands that none of those candidates have yet to applied for the job at Beaconsfield Road.
However, we can reveal former QPR and Fulham defender Rufus Brevett has thrown his hat into the ring.
The 45-year-old has previous managerial experience with Combined Counties League side Arlesey Town, having taken charge of the club between November 2013 and December 2014.
Wycombe Wanderers legend Keith Scott is also considering sending in his CV.
A former striker, Scott was instrumental in the Chairboys’ 1991 and 1993 FA Trophy victories and promotion to the Football League having been signed by Martin O’Neill.
A UEFA A license holder, he was appointed manager of Leighton Town in October 2006 and resigned to take control of Windsor & Eton in December 2007.
Lewis is also under consideration by the Hayes & Yeading board, but will need to impress in his spell as interim boss.
Meanwhile, United’s Conference South rivals Wealdstone moved up to the heady heights of 11th position in the Vanarama Conference South with a hard fought win over St Albans City on Saturday, as Jefferson Louis struck twice and Scott Davies finished the job.