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Feb 21, 2012

Wolves eye Reading boss McDermott

Reading coach Brian McDermott has emerged as a new candidate as Premier League side Wolves continue their search to replace sacked manager Mick McCarthy.

• Curbishley rejects Wolves post
• Wolves plans on schedule

Steve Bruce has been the bookmakers' favourite for the past few days after Alan Curbishley withdrew himself from the running, but Wolves owner, Steve Morgan, and the chief executive, Jez Moxey, are also considering McDermott.

The former Arsenal player has moulded Reading into a promotion chasing side in the Championship. The 50-year-old is on a one-year rolling contract and therefore would not cost huge amounts in compensation if Wolves decide he is the person they want to pursue to succeed McCarthy.

Brighton boss Guy Poyet has also been linked as a possible candidate, although sources close to Wolves have played down the interest in the Uruguayan.

Wolves would also be looking at having to pay a substantial compensation bill as Poyet is less than a season into a five-year contract.

Former Sunderland boss Bruce was the bookmakers' favourites to take over from McCarthy, who was dismissed after a split boardroom vote last Monday.

But Bruce is still waiting to hear if and when he would be granted a second interview after holding initial talks on Friday with Morgan and Moxey.

It does now appear the search for a new manager may extend beyond Saturday's Premier League clash at Newcastle, the initial target set my Moxey a week ago.

Curbishley ruled himself out of contention over concerns about how he would be expected to run the club after meeting Morgan and Moxey.

But reports the former Charlton and West Ham manager's interest cooled because he was only offered a deal for the remaining 13 games of this season are wide of the mark.

Neil Warnock has now linked up with Leeds after some initial contact with Wolves.

Morgan is determined that his first managerial appointment will be the right one, with McCarthy already at the helm when he took control of the club.

McCarthy's number two Terry Connor, who has been in charge of training, could now find himself having to take on a caretaker role unless there is a rapid gathering of pace in the managerial search.

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