Bristol City chairman Colin Sexstone has revealed the club expect to have completed interviewing a shortlist of "five or six" applicants for the vacant manager's position at Ashton Gate by Friday evening.
Sexstone insists he received interest from over 50 serious contenders to replace Keith Millen, but dismissed newspaper claims that Robins goalkeeper David James was one of those to have put his name forward.
Speaking to Bristol City Player, in an interview displayed on the club's official website, Sexstone said: "It's been very busy. There's been a big response with more than 50 of what I would call 'serious applications' from managers and coaches within the game, from across the world."
He added: "We've been closing that list down to five or six people who we'd like to interview.
"We've started that process already. We've got a small panel doing the interviews, which are in-depth. By the close of play on Friday we'll probably have completed the first stage with the five or six selected managers."
He continued: "By early next week we are likely to narrow (the shortlist) down to two, who we will call back for another grilling; they can grill us and we can grill them."
Regarding James, Sexstone added: "He's not applied. David and his agent are taking that up with the paper.
"Where that story came from we don't know, there's no truth in it whatsoever."
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