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Luton close to appointing new manager after holding interview with the favourite

Luton Town are reportedly close to appointing their new manager after holding an interview with the new favourite this week.

Journalist Alan Nixon had said that former Blackpool boss Neil Critchley and current St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson are “definite” candidates for the vacancy.

He also wrote earlier this week that the Hatters had reduced their managerial shortlist down to three, which makes the board’s decision easier to find a replacement for Nathan Jones, who is now at Southampton.

It left Luton with no real chance to bring in a permanent replacement for their game against Rotherham United, with Mick Harford named in a caretaker role.

With Critchley and Robinson likely to be on the three-man shortlist, the third man could well be Rob Edwards, who was reported by Football Insider to be in pole position to win the job at Luton.

However, the race is still on as Gary Sweet and other key figures at the club look to appoint the right candidate and have some time on their side considering the World Cup break.

Right now, it’s Rob Edwards, who looks set to get the job, having been handed an interview by the hierarchy on Monday, and made that much of an impression that he is now the favoured candidate to be named.

Edwards has been out of work since being sacked by rivals Watford back in September, having been given just 10 league matches in charge following his move from League Two winners Forest Green Rovers in the summer.

Hornets owner Gino Pozzo was expected to give Edwards time to improve performances and results but ended up axing him instead of sporting director Cristiano Giaretta.

It looks set to be a quick return to football though for Edwards if terms can be agreed, and if that happens, then he would face his old club Watford to Kenilworth Road on April the 1st, 2023.

Bournemouth interim manager Gary O’Neil was linked with the job, also being a favourite at one point during the club’s search, but has turned down interest in becoming the club’s new manager, TEAMtalk report.

Bournemouth are weighing up bringing in former Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa as a permanent replacement to Scott Parker after holding talks with the Argentine and his arrival would spell the end of O’Neil’s tenure in charge of first-team affairs.

O’Neil has been in interim charge of Bournemouth since the end of August following the sacking of Parker.

Luton currently sit 10th in the Championship table, picking up 30 points from 21 games played.

Fans reacted as Luton look close to appointing Rob Edwards as new manager after holding an interview with the new favourite…

@LeviLTFC: Oh god.. hopefully he was just seen in the area, potentially an interview and that’s as far as it goes.

@ltfc_jt: why? ik he managed them lot but he’s an alright manager just needs a club who are willing to give him more than 10 games to prove himself

@LeviLTFC: The way he left Forest Green and his previous job. Doesn’t fill me with great excitement, guess we’ll see

@chazabbb: yes please, i’d absolutely love it, don’t even mention his stint at them down the road. i don’t care.

@ltfcdan: It was so short it’s almost irrelevant he has no allegiance to them they have no loyalty to him it’s perfect

@sco62987535: He will also hate them for his treatment, we could be a fab fix for him to put one over on them down the road.

@perryglover7: Another 🐍 do we want that?

@Nathanltfc1: Announce relegation

@TherapyThorpe: Its not the fact he managed Watford that makes me not want him it’s the way he left forest green by going behind their backs

@LutonTownExile: There’s a massive chance that when Rob Edwards went to W*tford after their relegation, he got exactly the same reception from the players that Jones got at Stoke. Who is he? That type of thing? He probably had no chance. Given a chance he might be brilliant with us. Who knows?

@jackski50742974: Rob Edwards barmy army 🧡

@JackWFC1234: I literally have no idea what to say or do lmao. I still really love the man. This will send me into a frenzy. Please god don’t make this happen #WatfordFC

@BaitVic: Feels like a much better fit for him at this stage of his career. Small club trying to get the best out of some limited footballers. #watfordfc

@ben_smith025: I’m not even surprised, they’re a well run club and he’ll be treated as he should’ve done here

@wfcmichaeI: Agent Rob

@NickCorre: This would make for an interesting fixture next year!

@JordanTompkinss: He wants to manage a proper club now

@SeanWFC_: People gonna get on his back pretty unfairly I assume. That being said, hope he fails miserably 👍

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