Nine on Coventry job short-list, including caretaker Richard Shaw

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Coventry City have begun interviewing nine candidates for their vacant managerial post this week including joint-caretaker boss Richard Shaw, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire reports.

The Sky Blues have received a high volume of applications for the position following the departure of Andy Thorn.

The board has created a shortlist of nine to fill the Ricoh Arena vacancy.

It is not known whether previous bookmakers' favourite, Oxford boss Chris Wilder, is among the candidates.

Wilder was installed as the front-runner for the job last week, but U's chairman Ian Lenagan said that he was yet to receive an approach from Coventry for the 44-year-old.

If Wilder gets the job, Oxford would be entitled to compensation as he still has one year remaining on his contract with the League Two club.

Winless Coventry, 20th in League One after picking up just three points from their first five League One games, have yet to say whether there is any chance of a new manager being in place for Saturday's trip to high-riding Tranmere Rovers.

Until the appointment is made, former Coventry favourite Shaw and Lee Carsley will remain in charge on a caretaker basis.

Shaw, who has already admitted an interest in the full-time post, told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire: "I'm not worried about my position, just the players.

"They need direction and need to know what's going on."

The Sky Blues have so far lost their first two league matches under Shaw and Carsley, whose first game in charge was the 3-2 extra-time League Cup win over Birmingham City.

While former Hull City and Preston North End boss Phil Brown is among those to have been interviewed, former Coventry City Academy director Richard Money, who has not had a managerial post since leaving Luton in March 2011, is also on the shortlist.

And former Sky Blues boss Eric Black, who first arrived at the club as Gary McAllister's number two, is also understood to be a contender.

Black (now assistant manager to Steve Kean at Blackburn Rovers) spent six months at the helm, following McAllister's departure in December 2003, leading the Sky Blues to 12th in the Championship - 10 points off the play-offs.

But a late season stumble of five defeats in six games which cost them a place in the play-offs persuaded the board to replace him with Peter Reid - a decision that did not prove popular with the fans.

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