Caretaker manager Charlie Lee has not ruled himself out of the running to be Yeovil Town’s permanent manager.

With chairman and owner Scott Priestnall saying he has received up to 50 applications for the position, the interim boss was asked whether he would be putting his CV in the pile.

Charlie Lee.

In true football manager style, Lee said his focus was on the weekend’s trip to third-placed FC Halifax Town.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Thursday, he said: “I have had conversations with the owner and that side of things will get dealt with when he feels are necessary, but I just have to focus on the next game.

I have loved being manager, it’s been a real honour. I will do it as long as the club needs me and what happens after that will be up to the owner.”

He added: “People want to know where things are at, including the owner, he is desperate to get things sorted.

“This is a great club, I am not surprised so many people want the job, the three years I have had here have been some of the best I have had through some of the hardest times I have been through.

“This club will do well next year, whoever is in charge.

The boss hopes to have injured midfielder Josh Staunton back before the end of the season after he underwent surgery on a groin hernia this week.

He will have on-loan Stockport County defender Ben Barclay back for the trip to Halifax after he missed last weekend’s win for the Glovers over his parent club, however, forward Charlie Wakefield seems likely to miss out.

On Staunton, the interim boss said: “We would like to have him available before the end of the season, it’s one of those operations when you can recover really quickly but we won’t rush him back.

“There’s a chance he may be available before the end of the season.”

Lee said his side’s ability to balance defensive solidity with attacking threat was the secret to the 2-1 home win over Stockport County last weekend.

He expects his players to take confidence from that performance going in to the weekend, but admits it will be tough for the squad to play two games in as many days with Wealdstone the visitors to Huish Park on Bank Holiday Monday.

He said: “We pieced both sides of the game together (against Stockport). In recent weeks we have either been attacking with real authority and letting in sloppy goals and when we have set up to be defensive we have struggled to break teams down.

“Now we are going to another best teams in the league and not many teams have got that much (at Halifax) but we will go there with confidence from the last result.

“Almost certainly the team that starts on Saturday will not be the one that plays on Monday which will almost certainly be the case for most teams, especially at our level.

“We have some people back and available but we don’t have 22 starting people, so some are going to have to play in both games and this is a group that is willing to do it.

“They will expect to win and everyone will expect them to win but we will go there and make it very hard for them, we’re a confident team and we feel we can get something.”

Jody Brown
was alongside Lee for the first time last weekend and he has spoken about his arrival at the club following his sacking by National League South strugglers Billericay Town.

Lee said: “I met Jody this year when he became manager at Billericay when I was a player there and I thought he did an excellent job with the club in a very bad place when he took over.

“When he left Billericay at the start of last week, I spoke to him on the off-chance and he said he was able to come in and help me and he’s an excellent person to have in.

“He’s got a lot more experience than me and he’s been a big help to me, we see the game in a similar way and his first game saw us beat Stockport.

“He stays very calm. As a coach I am quite calm, I try and stay even, but he gives me a straight answer when I ask a question, I don’t need people to just agree with me.”

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