MORE than 60 people have applied to become the new boss of Aldershot Town Football Club, it was revealed this week.

The deadline for applications is tomorrow (Friday) and Chairman Karl Prentice said the club would then start to sift through the applications.

But he praised the efforts of caretaker manager Stuart Cash after four straight wins with him at the helm. Although Cash has not officially applied for the job Prentice said: "He has set his stall out and his name will go in with the rest should he wish it. He is doing a great job."

The chairman said all of the job bids were under lock and key and he would not reveal any names. However, Town's first boss Steve Wignall, Maidenhead manager and former Hammers favourite Alan Devonshire and ex-Chelsea player Clive Walker are being talked about. Mr Prentice said the atmosphere among the fans had lifted in the past couple of weeks and Tuesday night's visit to Gravesend, one of the two league leaders, was very important."If we can get a result they will have to watch their backs because we are catching up," he said.

During its three years in the Ryman Premier Aldershot has finished second, seventh and fourth. Its gates are easily the biggest in the league.