FORMER Ireland man Mark Kinsella has emerged as a surprise candidate for the manager's job at Drogheda United, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.
The Co Louth club are on the hunt for a new boss after Damien Richardson stood down two weeks ago, the former Cork City and Shelbourne manager reportedly leaving in frustration at off-field difficulties at United Park.
With the entire squad out of contract and one of their key players from last season, Gavin Holohan, already lost to a rival club, United fans are keen to see a new boss appointed quickly.
The Drogheda board have held talks with a number of interested parties but it's thought that John Gill and Trevor Croly have both decided to withdraw from the race.
A number of established League of Ireland coaches remain in the frame as Mick Cooke, John McDonnell and Roddy Collins have been linked with the post.
But it's also thought that Dubliner Kinsella is in the frame.
The 42-year-old has done some coaching at Walsall and Charlton but he had a long spell as assistant to fellow Dubliner Joey Dunne at Colchester United, though the duo were axed by Colchester in September after a poor start to the season.
If he did land the post, Kinsella would follow ex-internationals such as Jeff Kenna and Gareth Farrelly who have tried their hand in management in the League of Ireland in recent seasons.