TULIPS: Quintet in frame for Spalding job

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SPALDING United are close to appointing a new permanent manager after running the rule over a clutch of candidates.

Bob Don-Duncan and Danny Hussey have been in caretaker charge of the Tulips since Andy Stanhope’s surprise sacking in December.

The position wasn’t advertised, but the Spalding Guardian has discovered that a quintet of candidates have already been, or will be, interviewed this week.

Although the identities of all five are yet to be confirmed, former Deeping Rangers boss Pat Rayment is the long-standing favourite to fill the hot-seat.

In the meantime, Hussey and Don-Duncan are preparing for the first home game of their so-far temporary reign as they welcome Thrapston Town to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on Saturday (3pm).

With the Tulips losing the reverse 4-0 in October, Hussey admits his side have plenty to prove.

He said: “The lads had their best training session of the season on Tuesday and they’re buzzing for the weekend.

“We go into the game with an unbeaten run under our belts and want to set the record straight.

“A so-called better Spalding team were hammered there earlier in the season, so it’s a chance for the lads to prove themselves.”

Leading scorer Simon Mowbray is Spalding’s only injury doubt.