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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 April, 2005, 13:26 GMT 14:26 UK
Ninety-one names in frame at Posh
By Paul Fletcher

Peterborough chief Barry Fry
All I want to do is give someone a fair crack of the whip
Peterborough manager/chairman Barry Fry
Peterborough owner Barry Fry has revealed that 91 people have applied for the manager's job at the club.

Fry is stepping down from his managerial role at the relegated League One side at the end of the season.

"We have 91 applicants for the job and the board will go through them on Friday, picking out three or four names," Fry told BBC Sport.

"They will be interviewed after the season has finished on 7 May and a decision will be made after that."

Fry did not expect so many people to apply for the job but believes that it illustrates how many people are desperate to manage at league level.

"I have been a bit surprised by the amount of applications," he added. "I didn't realise there were so many good people out of work. It is incredible."

Fry will be concentrating on matters behind-the-scenes next season but believes that whoever takes over as manager will inherit a squad capable of pushing for promotion.

"I've been a manager for 31 years and what I really hated was interference so whoever gets the job won't get any from me," said Fry.

"We've got Calum Willock at centre-forward, who has got 12 goals in 21 League starts.

"He has missed four months of the season, while Sagi Burton has missed five months but they should be back.

"There are some good young players as well - and with whoever getting the job bringing in five or six players and a board supporting him, the hope is of getting us back in at the first or second attempt."

And Fry is adamant that the new manager at London Road will be in place by 13 June.

"All I want to do is give someone a fair crack of the whip. It is a very, very important decision.

"I've got to have two hip operations on 13 June so I want a manager and his team in by then so I can go to hospital, lie back and think of England, as they say."


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