CLITHEROE FC chairman Anne Barker is hopeful a new manager will be appointed within the next 10 days.
The club had considered 29 applications for the post but after detailed discussions the Blues executive committee, comprising Barker, Andrew Jackson, Colin Wilson and Chris Musson, have now whittled the selection process down to six candidates.
“We’ve had all the applicants in now,” said Barker.
“We’ll hopefully be making a decision within the next week to 10 days.
“We are meeting on Monday to discuss the shortlist of six candidates, and we should have more of an idea then.
“We are very happy with the standard of applicants.
“Any of those six would be able to do a job for us, of that I’m certain.
“We just need to choose someone now who we feel we can work with.”
Blues stalwart Lee Sculpher rescued the club’s season in a temporary managerial role alongside assistant Dave Burgess.
The pair secured back-to-back victories over Salford City and Warrington Town on their arrival after former boss Carl Garner parted company.
A relegation dogfight had been on the cards but, despite losing 2-0 to champions AFC Fylde on the final day of the season, the Shawbridge side had a seven-point cushion over the bottom two.
“Lee is looking to stay with us in some capacity,” Barker said. “Ideally he will stay on as assistant manager.
“We are totally happy with Lee’s contribution.
“He understands the way the club works, and he has a feeling for the club and its supporters.
“It meant more to him than it would have done to an outsider, and those are the reasons why we want to keep him on at the club.”
Once a permanent appointment has been made, Barker is hopeful that everything will be in place to mount a comeback next term.
She said: “The committee is busy behind the scenes trying to raise finances and build the foundations for next season.
“The hope and belief is that we will do better next campaign.
“We are looking to build on the season that we’ve had, even if it’s a slow progression.”