FORMER Gloucester City boss Dave Mehew has turned down an approach to be the new manager of Cinderford Town.
Sacked by the Tigers at the end of February, Mehew has taken a month off while he considers his next move in management.
And while he admits to being tempted by the role, the former Bristol Rovers striker is hopeful of getting a job nearer to his Bristol home.
“It’s not the job for me at the present moment in time, especially with it being so far away from home,” Mehew said.
“It’s only when I left Gloucester that I realised the time and miles that I had to put in to the role to make sure I was at training at the right time.
“I was exhausted after leaving Gloucester and told myself that I would have a month out before I started thinking about whether to take a new role.
“Cinderford approached me at the end of that month and while I am now keen to get back into it, I want a job that’s closer to home.
“If I lived in either Cheltenham or Gloucester then it would have been a no-brainer, but it’s just too far away for me at the moment.”
Had Mehew taken the role he would have at least one strong ally in the Foresters dressing room in nephew George Lloyd.
Striker Lloyd, who spent time with Gloucester during Mehew’s tenure was the star of the show as the Foresters defeated Bridgwater Town at the Causeway on Tuesday night.
The talented teen struck twice in the 65th and 84th minute as the hosts claimed back-to-back wins at the Causeway for the first time this term.
Long-serving players Matt Smith, Warren Archer and Greg Lewis took charge of the club for the first time on Tuesday and the trio will be in charge for Thursday’s home game against Mangotsfield United (7.45pm).
They are likely to take charge for a third time for Saturday’s Gloucestershire derby at Shortwood Unied by which time the Foresters are expected to have finalised their new management team.
The Citizen understands that former Cinderford boss Chris Smith is a strong candidate to take the role for a second and that he was at the Bridgwater game.
Smith who had a spell in charge of the Foresters in the 2000-2001 season has extensive knowledge of Gloucestershire football having spent five years as assistant boss of Forest Green Rovers.
Meanwhile, Cinderford Town have confirmed that Gloucester City’s first team coach Neil Mustoe has not been contacted by the club about the post.