Nine in contention for the Rebels job

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Worthing Football Club have had nine “credible” applicants as their search for Chris White’s successor continued this week.

White, who took over as Rebels boss in 2010, tendered his resignation last Tuesday evening over ongoing issues behind the scenes, combined with personal circumstances.

The former Horsham YMCA boss said the factor of an upcoming operation and his expenses not being covered ­- with managing the club actually costing him money - left him no choice, but to walk away.

Assistant Lee Brace and coaches Jon Meeney and Mick Fogden have taken temporary charge of the side, and will do so for Rebels’ league clash against Corinthian Casuals on Saturday, if no appointment has been made by then.

Rebels secretary Alastair McKail has said the club is optimistic about the future and said a meeting with the players last week was positive. He said: “It has been a little hectic, but the mood is optimistic overall.

“We’ve had nine credible applicants so far - the deadline for applying was Wednesday night. We’ll assess them all and look to whittle that down to a shortlist of three or so for interviews.

“Our meeting with the players was positive, I felt, and for the time being Lee Brace, Mick Fogden and Jon Meeney will look after training and, at the very least, our game against Corinthian-Casuals, while we ensure we get the right person for the job.”