ALDERSHOT Town chairman Karl Prentice admits he is excited at the prospect of opening his mail each morning, but is not entirely surprised with what he has seen so far.

Mr Prentice's phone has been red hot since the Shots parted company with manager George Borg last week, while over 20 top quality CV's from all over the British Isles have winged their way to his doorstep.

Applications for the vacant post at the Rec have arrived from as far afield as Scotland, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and early indications point towards a tense decision-making exercise for the board of directors over the next month or so.

But one thing we can assume is that the names of Steve Claridge or Steve Wigley will not be in the hat. Both have ruled themselves out of the hunt.

Mr Prentice said: "We've had a tremendous response, receiving about 20 applications and recommendations even before the post was advertised.

"One or two of the applicants have been a little surprising but the fact that so many big names have applied hasn't shocked me. This is a big job at a big club — probably in the top half dozen in non-League football and the CV's I've received clarify that point.

"I only hope now that Stuart Cash can put himself into the frame by continuing the excellent job he is doing at the moment. He has a 100 per cent record, the players respect him and already there seems to be an upturn in confidence and belief about the place.

"It would be nice if he could cause me a real headache."

The deadline for applications is Friday February 22 when the board will collate each CV received and draw down a selection list of interviewees.

Although Mr Prentice admitted this ‘Pop Idol' style process is ‘exciting' he is fully aware that an extremely tough job lies ahead.

One thing's for sure though, the next manager of Aldershot Town will be there on merit.

So far, only three of Mr Prentice's applicants have been formerly identified. Last week Mark Ward joined former Woking boss Colin Lippiatt and ex-Kingstonian coach Ian McDonald in the hat.