CHAIRMAN Ken Davy today insisted any serious new candidates for the Town manager's job will be considered.
The Galpharm club were left in the lurch yesterday when their first choice, Phil Parkinson, sensationally pulled the plug just 75 minutes before he was due to sign, having been offered what Davy termed "sackfuls" of money to stay as assistant boss at Charlton.
Andy Ritchie, Gary Megson and current coach John Dungworth are back to the top of the Town shopping list while caretaker boss Gerry Murphy prepares the team for Saturday's trip to Oldham.
But Davy - who believes the club remain in a "strong position to appoint the right man" as successor to Peter Jackson - will not close the door on any further suitable applicants.
"It is possible we could look outside the previous shortlist, but we have already been through a very clear period of applications and interviews which presented us with some high-quality candidates," he said.
"We have already been in contact with those people and all remain interested, but if somebody else did apply then we would need to consider them as well.
"What has happened is unfortunate, but we are not going back to the drawing board and it's not something to be downhearted about.
"We are in a strong position to find the right candidate, it's crucial we get the right man for Town and for the fans and it's absolutely clear now that Phil Parkinson wasn't the right man."
That barbed comment illustrates Davy's frustration at being left high and dry by the 39-year-old Parkinson and his club, but he's defiant about the package Town have to offer.
"We have given every single candidate a good indication to the background of the club, how we want to take it forward and what resources are available - and we are very optimistic about the future," he explained.
"It is dangerous to over promise - that's something we try to avoid doing - but it's our objective to take Town into the Championship and we intend to do that at the earliest available opportunity.
"There are some top people who want to be our manager and we don't need to make a knee-jerk reaction to what has happened.
"We will look at all the options and I'm very confident we will get the right man to take us forward.
"We've got real ambition and we will make a quality appointment."