Blades old boys vying for Club hot-seat

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Two former Sheffield United players are in the running for the job of manager of Sheffield FC, the world’s oldest club.

Peter Duffield and Curtis Woodhouse will find out this week if either are successful.

There are two other short-list applicants, Mark Shaw, formerly of Sutton Town and Retford United manager Dave Lloyd.

Duffield, the 42-year-old ex-Blade and Rotherham United striker, has played for 17 league clubs and has a wealth of experience. Woodhouse, who has also played for the Millers and Blades, is a colourful character and would enhance the club’s profile, but the 31-year-old must convince the club he can run the team and maintain his pro boxing career ... on top of living in Driffield.

A decision on who takes over from Chris Dolby will be made this week.

Whoever is successful will find Ian Whitehorne - the current caretaker boss - hard to replace. “We have lost one in 10 since I took over - I am non-league’s answer to Jose Mourinho” says Whitehorne. “We had to replace six players when Chris left - and we did that with kids, some of whom have had to play three games a week. They have done the club proud” he said.

The Dronfield side, 12th in the Evo-Stik First Division South host Brigg Town tonight (7.45pm).