TIM Harris is Gloucester City’s preferred candidate to succeed Dave Mehew as manager.
The Citizen understands that the former City boss is mulling over an offer from the Tigers to return to his ‘home’ club after six years at Newport County.
A former City goalkeeper, Dymock-born Harris managed the Tigers from 2005 until 2008, when he moved to the role of general manager.
He handed responsibility for the team over to his then assistant Mehew and helped oversee City’s promotion out of the Southern League in May 2009.
In the weeks after promotion into Conference North, Harris was approached by Newport – a club he managed for five years between 1997 and 2002 – to be their director of football.
Working alongside rumoured City target Dean Holdsworth and then former Spurs defender Justin Edinburgh in South Wales, Harris has helped revitalise the Exiles.
Two promotions in three seasons and a Wembley FA Trophy final victory have seen Newport leap from Conference South back to the Football League.
The Citizen understands that Newport are keen to keep him at Rodney Parade and that Harris is genuinely torn over whether he is going to accept Gloucester’s offer.
Harris' only comment when asked about the approach was to say he had "not ruled anything in or out."
However, the lure of returning to Gloucester, to a club with which he has big emotional ties, will be strong for the former Newent School pupil.
Manager when the club was flooded out of its Meadow Park home, Harris has remained in close contact with the club since his move to Newport.
He was part of the Football Task and Finish Group set up by Gloucester City Council in response to the 2007 floods, sitting on the group until it was disbanded last year.
If he does decide to return to Gloucester, it will be in remarkably similar circumstances to when he first took the managers post in January 2006.
Then City were struggling at the bottom of the Southern League Premier Division and Harris left a Welsh club – Merthyr Tydfil – to take the post.
Relegation was avoided and mid-table respectability was achieved and Mehew was then brought to the club as his assistant manager in June 2006.
City have already confirmed that caretaker boss Matt Rose and first-team coach Neil Mustoe will take charge of Saturday’s Skrill North game at Solihull Moors.