Speculation over potential candidates for the vacant Connah’s Quay job appear to have quietened in public at least, but it now seems unlikely that interim manager Jay Catton will be the club’s next long-term appointment.
The club announced earlier this month that they hope to appoint a successor to Allan Bickerstaff by early next month, but Catton doesn’t believe he will get the opportunity this time around despite steering the side to back-to-wins wins in his two games in charge.
Under Catton, Connah’s Quay secured their place in theWord Cup semi-final last week before picking up a morale boosting 4-0 win down in Port Talbot on Sunday, where they recorded their first-clean sheet of the campaign in the process.
Speaking to the official WPL website after that game however, Catton confirmed this his current commitments within the club are too much of a distraction to take the job on a permanent basis though the Nomad favourite still hopes to remain involved with the first-team under the new management structure.
I aim to be a Welsh Premier League manager but whether that’s the right time currently – I know the problem is the scholarship, the academy and the brand new 3G coming in at the club, there’s a lot going on at the club which I’m in a part of.
Anyone who’s a Welsh Premier League manager in my opinion, can only be committed to that. But my services are available to any new manager coming in and if I can still be a part of the first-team staff when he comes in, it will be a great opportunity for me to work under someone else and as always, we’ll give everything for the club to make sure that this great club of ours succeeds as much as it can.
You can that interview along with the latest thoughts of Marc Webber and Mark Jones in this week’s WPL podcast below: