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Ex-Bulls quartet leading charge for Cirencester Town hot-seat

Cirencester Town

Peter Beadle, John Brough, Darren Jones and Alex Sykes are all in the frame for the vacant hot-seat at BetVictor Southern League Cirencester Town.

The quartet all have links with Hereford, Beadle having managed them, Brough and Jones as players and Sykes as a product of the Bulls youth section.

According to Gloucestershirelive.co.uk reports on Tuesday,  the Southern League Division One South club was inundated with applications from candidates to succeed Charlie Griffin before the closing date passed last Friday.

Griffin left The Corinium on November 20 and interviews are said to be in the process of being carried out this week.

Former Cheltenham Town defender Bishop’s Cleeve and North Leigh boss Brough was offered the post before Griffin was appointed in September 2016 and led Cinderford Town to the title at the same level in 2015/16.

Ex-Forest Green Rovers winger Sykes has managed Bishops Cleeve and Shortwood United and also working as part of Tim Harris’ touchline team at Redditch United.

Former Bristol Rovers and Gillingham striker Beadle led Hereford FC to three successive promotions before losing his job at Edgar Street in September 2018. Pictured, he’s also managed Taunton Town, Clevedon Town, Newport County and coached within Cheltenham’s youth set-up.

Jones, who’s previously managed Welsh League club Chepstow Town, was an uncompromising defender for Bristol City, Forest Green and Newport County AFC.

Former Swindon Town, Forest Green Rovers and Gloucester City striker Griffin parted company with the club in the middle of last month after back-to-back defeats at Frome Town and at home to Larkhall Athletic

According to a club statement, the 40-year-old left by his first managerial post by mutual consent after three years at the helm and the Centurions sitting in 12th spot in the Southern League Division One South table.

A prolific striker during a playing career that took in Swindon Town as well as the likes of Forest Green and Gloucester City, Griffin initially joined Cirencester at the start of the 2015-16 season, ending the campaign as top scorer on 26 goals, pictured.

Griffin took over as manager midway through the following season having made 72 appearances and scored a total of 30 goals.

He was unable to halt Cirencester‘s slide into relegation from the Southern League’s Premier Division at the end of his first season before narrowly missing making the play-offs at the first time of asking. In his second full season, his side finished as runners-up but lost out in the play-off semi-finals.

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