BRIDPORT will unveil their new manager at the end of the season, chairman Adrian Scadding has confirmed.

Interviews have been held over the past two weeks, the Bees whittling down their options to a six-name shortlist.

Bridport are understood to have settled on their number one choice but, at the time of writing, were in the process of informing their preferred candidate.

It means the Bees will continue with caretaker boss Shaun Annetts for the final 10 league and cup games of the 2021/22 campaign.

Speaking to the Bridport News, Bees’ chief Scadding shed light on the management recruitment process.

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He said: “We’ve probably got somebody now – I can’t say too much yet.

“Obviously they won’t be starting until the new season and we won’t announce who it is until the end of the season but we have secured someone to do it.

“They’ve got Western League experience, let’s put it like that.”

Bridport have been managerless since Rob Marquis left St Mary’s Field on a mutual basis just before Christmas.

The Bees have endured a nightmare Toolstation Western League Premier Division season, losing 26 of 27 games, possessing a goal difference of minus 122.

Bridport’s chosen new boss therefore faces a big task to rebuild, with the Bees currently 15 points adrift of safety and nine games left to retain their Premier Division status.

Numerous senior figures at the club have called for an experienced Western League manager to mastermind the overhaul.

Bridport’s struggles have in part been down to a focus on local young talent.

While the current squad has acquitted themselves superbly, the gap in standard has largely been evident in what many believe to be the strongest Premier Division for several seasons.

Bridport continue their league season with a home clash against Saltash United on Saturday (3pm).