6:39pm Friday 1st November 2013
By Ashley Loveridge
KIDDERMINSTER boss Steve Burr is red-hot favourite to take over the managerial vacancy at Forest Green.
Chairman Dale Vince has been granted permission by the Skrill Premier rivals to speak to the popular Aggroborough boss.
Rovers parted company with long-serving boss David Hockaday by mutual consent last month and interim manager Gary Seward also left the New Lawn club this week.
Vince initially approached Gateshead boss Gary Mills and Barnsley assistant manager Micky Mellon about the post, but his advances were rejected.
Burr, 50, has been in charge at Aggborough since 2010.2 He led Kidderminster to a second-place finish in the league last season, two points behind winners Mansfield, but were beaten by Wrexham in the play-off semi-finals.
They are currently second in the tables, unbeaten in their last six games.
A statement on the Harriers website read: "Steve Burr has been kept fully aware of the situation at all times and has expressed an interest in meeting with Rovers officials to discuss the post and, as such, the club have reluctantly granted him permission to do so.
"Until we discover the outcome of those discussions we will make no further comment on the matter."
The SNJ understands ex- Swindon Town boss Paul Sturrock and former Aston Villa manager John Gregory are on a shortlist of four.
Academy manager Scott Bartlett, a former Forest Green defender and Salisbury City captain, is in charge of the first team until a permanent replacement is found and will lead the team against Dartford at the New Lawn tomorrow.
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