DARLINGTON are on the verge of appointing their next manager having whittled down their choice to a shortlist to a handful of candidates.

The process to replace Tommy Wright as boss has been ongoing since the end Quakers’ season three weeks ago, with the position having attracted 71 applicants.

Interviews have taken place this week, with two bosses of National League North clubs understood to be among those in the frame.

Darlington say they were delighted with the quality of applicants for the job, with everyone shortlisted being in possession of the UEFA A or UEFA Pro level coaching badge, a criteria that Quakers stipulated was necessary.

The process has been led by advisor to the board John Vickerman, who is a human resources director with Fujitsu, while a handful of supporters have been consulted for their opinion on replacing Wright.

The Northern Echo understands that names are in contention at this stage have previously played for Darlington and an appointment will be made early next week.

Although Jordan Nicholson and Luke Trotman have signed new one-year contracts, Quakers’ squad is small having seen a number of players leave since the end of the season and it is understood the new manager will waste little time in making new additions.