MATT Rose expects to take charge of Gloucester City for a maximum of two games before the club bring in a new manager.
The Tigers dispensed with the services of manager Dave Mehew on Saturday, sacking the former Bristol Rovers striker after six years in the job.
Rose will step up from his current role as assistant manager to take caretaker control of the club for tomorrow’s trip to Colwyn Bay and Saturday’s game at Solihull Moors.
But after that the former City midfielder expects the club to have hired a new manager, believing that the preferred candidate has already been earmarked by the club hierarchy.
Rose spoke with chairman Stuart Pike after the decision to sack Mehew following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with high-flying North Ferriby United and was asked to take caretaker control.
“I’ve spoken to Stuart the chairman as I wanted to understand what the plan was as far as the management board are concerned,” Rose said.
“There is a plan. I don’t know what it is at this moment in time because they didn’t want to share that with me at the time.
“I am caretaker manager for the short term, probably just for the next two games.”
“The board clearly have a plan for the future. If that plan involved me I would know about it. I don’t, so the plan clearly doesn’t involve me.
“I will take charge for the next week or so until the management board can bring in the person that they have earmarked to take over.”
Rose was as shocked as the rest of the City players when Mehew revealed to them that he had been sacked, saying that he no inkling that the club were thinking of taking such drastic measures.
He admitted that his thoughts immediately turned to damage limitation in the moments after the decision had been made, especially with the game at Colwyn Bay to prepare for.
He said: “It was a whirlwind of a day. It’s not the first time that football has surprised me and it won’t be the last either. I did not see that coming.
“It was quite a sombre moment when Boris (Mehew) told us and the reaction of the players initially was one of shock and dismay at what had happened.
“Boris then gave the boys a rousing talk after he had informed us what had happened and said that the squad must now pull themselves together and do our best to keep the club up.
“He was clearly gutted about what had happened but he told the players that their job was now to keep the club up.
“He’s been around the club for long enough to have a passion for the place and having won promotion in the first place, he’s desperate for the club to stay there.
“That just goes to show the mindset of the guy. Despite being sacked minutes before, his first thought was about the club and achieving safety.”