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13 May 2014

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Brighton & Hove Albion's search for a new manager has already begun, and chief executive Paul Barber says he and chairman Tony Bloom have already received significant levels of interest from a number of potential high quality candidates for the job.
Barber said, "Most of yesterday was spent dealing with Oscar's departure; once we confirmed we had accepted his resignation in the early evening, that of course triggered a number of enquiries to the club about the position.
"We can't divulge any names, and we won't comment on media speculation, but at this stage what I can say is that we have been contacted by some very high calibre managers and coaches who want to work for Brighton & Hove Albion. It’s certainly a very good indication of just how far our club has come in a very short period of time."

He also confirmed the new role will be under the title of the club's manager, adding, "The position we are recruiting for is for that of first-team manager.  
"Once the legal proceedings had concluded last summer, Oscar was offered the title of manager - as his role and responsibilities were the same as the previous manager's - but Oscar chose to retain his original title of head coach. 
"The new position will also be the same role and have the same responsibilities as Oscar but, to avoid any ambiguity, we will revert to the title of manager." 

Barber says fans can expect to hear directly from club chairman Tony Bloom at some stage this week, but for now his immediate focus is on formulating a short list of candidates for the job - while the club also has to deal with the end-of-season retained list.
"We still have a bit of work to do - which must take priority - first we will sift through the long list of genuine applicants and then consider various criteria before interviewing our preferred candidates. 

"At this stage, we can’t and won’t put a time scale on how long we think this process might take, as there are a number of factors which will determine that. Our focus is, as ever, making the right appointment and maintaining our excellent momentum of recent seasons. 
"Meanwhile, it's very much business as usual elsewhere in the club. We have to give the Football League our retained list, and first we will inform those players whose contracts are up at the end of June of our decision as to whether they will be offered a new contract. 

"That is in hand. David Burke and Nathan Jones are currently sitting down with the players who are out of contract to explain the situation to them and we will then update our supporters. 

"I am sure our fans have become used to the club's stance of dealing with key personnel decisions in a private way, but we do fully appreciate that fans have a lot questions and, unlike the situation we faced last year when we were constrained by a legal process, we will communicate as openly as any recruitment process – where candidates obviously expect privacy – will allow.

"We have also read some of the more disappointing criticisms of the club in one or two areas this morning - some of it unjustified, inaccurate, and unbalanced in our opinion, prompting even more questions from our fans. And, while it's not possible, and rarely productive, to address every nuance of every question, we will of course do our best to provide some important overall context and balance in due course. 
"In the meantime, I would like to thank our fans for their excellent support this season right the way through to the very end of the play-off at Derby, and reassure them that we will continue to keep fans informed of any significant developments as and when they happen."

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