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Last Updated: Friday, 16 February 2007, 10:06 GMT
Molby rules out return to Swansea
Jan Molby
Molby believes Swansea will go for a young, inexperienced manager
Former Swansea City manager Jan Molby says he has no interest in returning to the club - but believes Joe Royle is the best man to succeed Kenny Jackett.

"Joe Royle's an experienced man, he knows the level and I'm sure he could fulfil Swansea City's ambitions," Molby told BBC Wales Sport.

He added: "It's not just the Swansea job I'm not interested in, it's football management in general."

Jackett stepped down as boss on Thursday after 34 months in charge.

Despite gaining promotion in his first season in charge and taking Swansea to within a promotion to the Championship last season, Jackett said he felt the fans had never given him their full backing.

Assistant manager Kevin Nugent has been put in charge for the next two League One games against Doncaster and Scunthorpe.

We'll weigh all the options up and make a decision when we are ready

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins

Swans chairman Huw Jenkins says he will consider all options in drawing up a shortlist of candidates to succeed Jackett, adding that Nugent would be considered for the job on a permanent basis.

Former Wales striker Dean Saunders, who started his career at the club, has emerged as an early front runner, with former Wales defender Mark Bowen also in the frame.

A return to Swansea could also interest former captain Roberto Martinez, now at Chester, who left last season after falling out of favour with Jackett.

"It should be the right person for the job and can carry on what Kenny has started and makes sure we are successful," Jenkins told BBC Wales Sport.

"We'll look at all angles. There is a view we go for inexperience and gain enthusiasm and passion.

"Or we go for experience and see where that takes us. We'll weigh all the options up and make a decision when we are ready."

Whether he's ready or not? I think it would be a gamble

Jan Molby on Dean Saunders

Molby, who now works as a football pundit, spent a-year-and-a-half in charge at Swansea a decade ago, spanning three separate seasons.

He believes the club should opt for an experienced figure like former Everton and Ipswich manager Royle, but feels they could follow the modern trend of giving up-and-coming managers a chance.

"It's a very ambitious outfit and promotion is what they are after," said Molby, who took Swansea to the Division Three play-off final in 1997.

"So they're probably looking for a youngish manager with some experience - somebody between 38 and 45.

"There are one or two of those young managers available who have just left clubs at a higher level.

"If you look at the likes of Nigel Worthington who has just left Norwich and Kevin Blackwell who has left Leeds.

"There is also Phil Parkinson who managed Colchester before he moved to Hull and is now the assistant at Charlton."

He added: "Dean Saunders is a favourite son down in Swansea and he's done extremely well.

"He's got good coaching qualifications, worked at the highest level with Graeme Souness at various clubs.

"Whether he's ready or not? I think it would be a gamble."

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