CHAIRMAN Howard Larcombe revealed there are still “two or three names in the hat” for the Lyme Regis manager’s job on a permanent basis.

The Seasiders rubber-stamped promotion to Devon & Exeter Division One next season after finishing league runners-up in Division Two, thanks to a 2-1 win over Exmouth Town Seconds at Davey Fort – their goals in the victory came through Dom Rowe and Joe Bond.

Rob Thom has been managing the side on an interim basis this term after Tim Edwards stepped down from the role in December.

Commenting on the search for a new permanent boss, Larcombe said: “Rob doesn’t want the job.

“He is quite clear about that, that’s fine and that’s his decision. He has done it before in the past but he doesn’t want it now.

“There are still two or three names in the hat and we will see how it develops”

However, Larcombe was keen to praise the club’s efforts in securing the step up.

“Hats off to Rob and the management team. They have done a really good job,” he added.

“He has been around the club a long time so we are not surprised with his application and his attitude to the job. He stood in when we needed somebody.

“We are obviously aiming for the Premier Division, that’s our ultimate goal but to win promotion back-to-back has probably exceeded our expectations, if I’m honest.”