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Rice in interim charge but unsure of Caley Jags future

Former Caley Thistle assistant manager Brian Rice.
Former Caley Thistle assistant manager Brian Rice.

Caley Thistle interim manager Brian Rice remains uncertain over his own future at the club.

Inverness are searching for a new manager after new chairman Willie Finlayson opted to dismiss Richie Foran after the Highland club’s relegation to the Championship.

Rice, who served as assistant to both Foran and previous manager John Hughes, has been instructed to oversee the transition period until a new manager is appointed.

Rice remains under contract until next summer and, although he is in charge of overseeing preparation for the new season, he admits he is in the dark over his position.

Rice said: “I’ve just been told to carry on as normal as possible until the new manager comes in.

“I would love to stay but that’s out of my hands. I’m just doing what I’ve been asked to do and keep things as normal as possible, which has been difficult.”

Rice is continuing contract negotiations which Foran had already started with defender Kevin McNaughton and goalkeeper Cammy Mackay, while he has already started recruitment work ahead of a new manager coming in.

Aberdeen under-20s coach Paul Sheerin, former Caley Jags assistant Maurice Malpas and Queen’s Park manager Gus MacPherson are in the running to replace Foran.

Rice added: “It’s a busy time of the season. There are players released and getting new contracts. We’re trying to arrange pre-season, too, so everything is in place for the new manager.

“It’s a unique situation where some players have already been released and some people are in negotiations to return and we’re looking at new targets. We don’t really know who is going to be in charge and if they’ll be the same targets when the new manager comes in. We’ve drawn lists up so when someone comes in, there are names there.

“It would be easier if we had games because we could concentrate fully on them. Just now it’s focusing on recruitment, getting pre-season games organised, making sure the kit is ready and getting everything sorted for the new manager coming in.”

Caley Thistle’s board of directors yesterday released a statement, which said: “There has been a good response of candidates expressing interest for the position of football manager.

“The board of directors are assessing the applicants in readiness for interview selection. It is important that we select the right person for this key position.”

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