TWO of the leading candidates to become Cheltenham Town's new manager were given their chance to impress chairman Paul Baker yesterday.
Current caretaker boss John Schofield and Kidderminster Harriers manager Mark Yates both had interviews for the job and an announcement is expected to be made within the next 24 hours.
Yates emerged as one of the frontrunners to succeed Martin Allen after Kidderminster last week confirmed they had received an approach from Cheltenham to hold talks with the Harriers boss.
A popular midfield player during his five-year spell with the Robins, Yates' possible return could be hampered by the compensation payment that would be necessary due to him being under contract at Aggborough until the end of the current season.
Yates is likely to want to bring his assistant Neil Howarth, another ex-Robins player, with him to Whaddon Road.
Kidderminster have made a request for compensation for Yates and Howarth, if Cheltenham decide to move for the duo.
Harriers chairman Barry Norgrove said: "Obviously we've got a higher valuation and they've got a lower one and we'd have to meet somewhere in the middle.
"Ideally, we wouldn't want Mark or Neil to leave, they know the players and have done a good job this season."
Schofield has been in charge of the team since Allen was placed on gardening leave on October 20.
Popular with the staff and players, Schofield's prospects have not been helped by one win from his nine matches at the helm.
Baker must pick his man from more than 60 applicants, with Jim Harvey, Gary Brabin and Jerry Gill also thought to be among the candidates.
Former Leicester City, Hull City and Wycombe Wanderers boss Peter Taylor has not applied for the position.