Haverhill Rovers are closing in on naming their new manager.

Tom Donati in the technical area during Haverhill Rovers 4-1 defeat at Mildenhall Town on April 9.

Tom Donati in the technical area during Haverhill Rovers 4-1 defeat at Mildenhall Town on April 9.

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Interim coach Tom Donati is among the candidates to become the permanent first team manager of Haverhill Rovers.

Chairman Steve Brown confirmed that Donati wants to stay at the club after the final league match of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division at home to Kirkley & Pakefield on April 30.

Although full of praise for Donati and the work he has done with the young players thrown into the spotlight since the departure of manager Michael Shinn and the bulk of the first team squad in February, Brown said a number of other candidates are being considered for the post.

He said: “Tom has got a fantastic résumé and I think he’s done really well.

“At the stage he came in he couldn’t recruit. He had the youngsters to play with and he’s done a fantastic job and he is fantastic with the youngsters.

“We’ve got to look into all the applicants and see what is the best way to go.

“We are talking to people and we should make the decision when it’s right.

“We’ve got a (end of season) dinner on May 6, and I think some time after that we should be making a decision.”

Formerly head of coaching at the Cambridge United Academy, Donati became interim first team coach on March 2, and has since guided the team in challenging circumstances to two wins in the eight league matches.

Rovers are still looking over their shoulder at the bottom three and although relegation is mathematically unlikely given all the various permutations, it is not yet out of the question.

Three points at Fakenham Town on Saturday would probably secure Rovers’ Premier Division status, but with the Norfolk side sitting in the drop zone they will be desperate for a maximum return.

Fakenham’s 3-3 draw at home to Mildenhall Town last night leaves them eight points behind Rovers with just two matches to play, meaning the New Croft side cannot finish in the bottom two.

Another side in the bottom three, Swaffham Town, are now nine points behind Rovers with four games left to play after they drew 1-1 with fellow strugglers, Ipswich Wanderers, who themselves are three points behind Rovers with just three matches left.

Swaffham now have to play their remaining four fixtures in the space of just eight days, starting with a return match against Ipswich Wanderers on Saturday.

n In the Thurlow Nunn League First Division, Haverhill Borough drew 1-1 at home to fifth-placed King’s Lynn Town Reserves last night (Wednesday).

Having gone ahead through Jonny Milne’s 16th minute finish Borough were pegged back by Alex Clunan’s 39th minute leveller.

After a slump in form Borough have now taken four points from their last two matches, both against teams in the top six.

Borough have further home matches with Downham Town on Saturday (3pm) and Stowmarket Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).