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Hartson in frame for Falkirk job

John Hartson
Hartson retired from football after he left West Bromwich Albion in 2008

John Hartson is one of the candidates for the vacant managerial job at Scottish Premier League side Falkirk, BBC Sport understands.

The former Wales captain is alongside Ian McCall, Alex Rae, Steven Pressley and Eddie May in the running to replace John Hughes at Falkirk.

Hughes left the Scottish Cup finalists to take over at SPL rivals Hibernian and Hartson is vying for the job.

The ex-Celtic striker has also applied to replace Roberto Martinez at Swansea.

The 34-year-old, who retired from football after leaving West Bromwich Albion in January 2008, is currently completing his Uefa A licence coaching badges and has made no secret of his desire to move onto the football coaching ladder.

The 51-times capped Welshman has already publicly stated how he would 'walk over hot coals' to replace Martinez, who is set to replace Steve Bruce at Premier League Wigan Athletic, at his home-town club Swansea.

Hartson, though, is not thought to be a serious candidate to take over at the Liberty Stadium but the former Arsenal, West Ham and Coventry forward is a real contender to replace Hughes at Falkirk.

This will be a very attractive position to many people in football

Falkirk chairman Martin Ritchie

The Scottish club's board is set to meet on Tuesday to draw up a shortlist and Partick Thistle's McCall and former Dundee manager Rae will be considered.

And former Scotland defender Pressley, who retired as a player with Falkirk at the end of the season, is thought to be considering applying for the post.

Falkirk managing director George Craig said: "It is imperative that we move quickly to make a new appointment. We have several out-of-contract players.

"We need to have the management team in place as soon as possible and the first-team squad fully prepared for our first European tie on 16 July."

Hartson will be lured by the that Falkirk qualified for the Europa League thanks to their Scottish Cup run, which Rangers ended 1-0 in the final, and their second qualifying round opponents will be known when the draw is made on 22 June.

"This will be a very attractive position to many people in football," continued Craig.

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see also
Falkirk name May as new manager
23 Jun 09 |  Falkirk
Speed in line for Swansea talks
09 Jun 09 |  Swansea
Hughes appointed Hibernian boss
08 Jun 09 |  Hibernian
Hartson retires from Wales duties
06 Feb 06 |  Internationals

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