KEVIN Langley is in contention to become Clitheroe's new manger.

The former North West Counties title-winning manager has applied for the vacant position at Shawbridge less than two weeks after resigning as manager of Congleton Town.

Langley, 40, quit the club for the second time following the 5-0 FA Vase exit to Colne, although he insisted he had already made his mind up to quit before this result.

The previous occasion he left Congleton was towards the end of the 2001-02 season, when he went on to lead Kidsgrove Athletic into the UniBond League, but he returned to the North West Counties with the Bears the following season.

Langley began his managerial career with Winsford United but gained most notoriety as a player with Everton, where he won a First Division championship medal in 1987.

He then went on to become Wigan Athletic's record appearance holder and he still coaches youth teams at the club.

Clitheroe chairman John Robinson confirmed that Langley has applied for the seat left vacant by Lee Sculpher but as yet isn't prepared to look beyond this Saturday's UniBond Division One trip to Eastwood Town.

He said: "It's our AGM a week on Friday so hopefully we'll have someone confirmed then.

"We haven't done anything about it yet because Martin Eatough and Stuart Todhunter are in joint managership and we're going to leave them to it for another week."

Eatough and Todhunter are in pole position to make a claim for the job, which recently-departed Rossendale boss Ashley Hoskin has also gone for.

Robinson said: "It's like a marriage - we have to wait and see if they can work well together.

"Stuart has been around quite a long time so we're having a look, and might consider giving it to them.

"But it's just one option. Last week we beat Rossendale but it wasn't a convincing 4-1 and we were unlucky at Mossley on Tuesday.

"We need a clinical striker but no-one will come to us as we're in limbo."

The management duo should have a full squad to choose from at Eastwood.