Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

McDermott on Wolves radar

Brian McDermott

Wolves are continuing their search to replace sacked manager Mick McCarthy with Reading's Brian McDermott emerging as a potential new candidate, Press Association Sport understands.

Steve Bruce has been the bookmakers' favourite for the past few days after the withdrawal of Alan Curbishley from the race.

But sources indicate McDermott is on the radar of Wolves owner Steve Morgan and chief executive Jez Moxey, although it is unclear whether they have yet firmed up their interest.

The former Arsenal player has moulded the Royals into a promotion chasing side in the npower Championship, despite the sale of striker Shane Long and defender Matt Mills last summer.

McDermott is also on a one-year rolling contract and therefore would not cost huge amounts in compensation if Wolves decide he is the person they want to pursue to succeed McCarthy.

Brighton boss Guy Poyet has also been linked as a possible candidate, although sources close to Wolves have played down the interest in the Uruguayan.

Wolves would also be looking at having to pay a substantial compensation bill as Poyet is less than a season into a five-year contract.

Former Sunderland boss Bruce was the bookmakers' favourites to take over from McCarthy, who was dismissed after a split boardroom vote last Monday.

But Bruce is still waiting to hear if and when he would be granted a second interview after holding initial talks on Friday with Morgan and Moxey.

It does now appear the search for a new manager may extend beyond Saturday's clash at Newcastle, the initial target set my Moxey a week ago.

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