Former Iron defender Neil Cox would be interested in talking to the club about becoming first team manager at Scunthorpe United.

Speaking exclusively to Iron Bru prior to Russ Wilcox declining the first team manager’s job on a permanent basis, Cox admitted he would be interested to speak to the club if the position became vacant in the future.

Cox, who is currently assistant manager at Notts County, recently told Iron Bru: “I would like to speak to the football club, yes, but at this moment in time I’m on a really good project at Notts County.

“At this moment in time they’re doing a great job and I can see a lot of success here.

“I would never say no. I always like to speak to people, but I just think at the moment with being under contract, Notts County is where I need to be”.

Cox explained he had been approached by Football League clubs in recent years, but did not feel it was the right time to make the step up from a number two when the opportunities arose.

He continued: “I would love to be a manager. I’d love to have my time. Over the last five years, I have had one or two offers to go into league football clubs but it hasn’t been the right time or that football club hasn’t fitted what I was looking for.

“I think if you want to go into management, you cannot afford to go in there and be getting sacked after six or seven games – which a lot of managers seem to do and then not be in football again.

“I’m looking for, if the opportunity comes up, somewhere that’s a little bit stable.

“Somewhere where the owners or Chairman understand what the football club is about, how it needs to be run and that the academy players need to be brought into the side”

The former Middlesborough and Watford was in the dugout at Notts County lost out to Harrogate Town in the National League play offs this weekend and rumours linking him with the hotseat at his home town club have gathered pace overnight.

Keith Hill (4/1) and Gary McSheffrey (10/1) are the other frontrunners – with the Iron hoping to appoint swiftly with pre season for the forthcoming League Two campaign now underway.

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