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Sunday, 26 May, 2002, 17:20 GMT 18:20 UK
Raith interview Wright
Keith Wright (right)
Keith Wright (right) helped Cowden win promotion last year
Cowdenbeath boss Keith Wright has been interviewed for the vacant manager's post at Raith Rovers.

The two Fife neighbours will be rivals in the Second Division next season, but Wright obviously believes that there is greater potential at his former club.

Rovers have a short-list of five and Wright is the third to be interviewed by chairman Danny Smith.

But Cowden chairman Gordon McDougall remains "very optimistic" that Wright, who is under contract as a player at Central Park, will still be in charge of his squad next term.

It is just more than a month since former Dundee and Hibernian striker Wright took over at Cowdenbeath, whom he helped win promotion last season as a player, after the departure of Gary Kirk.

Rejected new contract

Former Stirling Albion boss Ray Stewart and former Arbroath manager David Baikie have also been interviewed by the Stark's Park outfit.

Paquito, who recently played with Raith, and fellow Spaniard and Kilmarnock midfielder Antonio Calderon are the other two in the running as Rovers look for someone to lead them back to Division One at the first attempt.

An appointment is expected to be made towards the end of the first week in June.

One man definitely leaving Cowdenbeath is 21-year-old Stephen Swift, who rejected an offer of a new contract and is now a free agent.

Fellow defender Michael Renwick decided not to remain at Cowden at the end of his loan spell from Morton as the 26-year-old wished to search for a club offering full-time football.

Steven Raynes, Brian Welsh, Jimmy Boyle, Peter Wilson and Toby King were all released.

Meanwhile, Monaco-based agent Willie McKay, who handles the liks of Nicolas Anelka, has agreed to sponsor the Main Stand at Stark's Park for a five-figure sum.

Raith have also agreed deals worth more than 20,000 with two shirt sponsors: Bar Itza of Kirkcaldy will be on the home strip, with Glasgow-based Sunshine Windows on the away kit.

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