Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton is being heavily linked with the vacant managerial position at Ross County, after the First Division side sacked Willie McStay at the weekend.
Club Chairman Roy MacGregor said on BBC Radio Scotland that a total of 35 applications were received by the club on Monday, and confirmed that Sutton was among the applicants.
Chris Sutton’s only managerial experience was at English outfit Lincoln City. Sutton lead Lincoln to the third round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1999, eventually losing to Bolton 4-0. Lincoln escaped relegation from the Football League with a 1-0 victory over Bury, with two games remaining. But Sutton quit as manager in September 2010, citing family reasons.
However Sutton is seen by many Imps fans as a cancer on their club. Nathan Jackson of TheImps.ka stated that Sutton ‘took everything positive this club had going for it and tore it apart’. Jackson continued by saying that ‘most of Sutton’s signings would compete to be in the Worst Ever Lincoln XI side. And with a win ratio of only 28% (14 wins in 50 games), Sutton seemingly made a lot of enemies at Sincil Bank as Jackson adds that he ‘forced first teamers to train with the Youth side and that his rude nature to most of the fans and belittling of the club at every opportunity left Sutton with very few fans in the stands, which quickly emptied under his reign.’
Other names linked to the job are former Dundee manager Gordon Chisholm, former Buddies gaffer Gus MacPherson and Livi boss Gary Bollan.