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Queen of the South chairman Billy Hewitson admits club are in no rush to find a replacement for Gavin Skelton

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Queen of the South chairman Billy Hewitson insists the club will not be rushed in their search for a new manager – with Jim Thomson to remain in interim control for tomorrow’s clash at Hibs.

The Doonhamers are seeking a new boss after Gavin Skelton stepped down on November 7 due to personal reasons.

Club football development manager Thomson oversaw the weekend’s Irn-Bru Cup quarter-final win over Alloa and will be handed the reins for Saturday’s clash against Championship leaders Hibs.

Queen of the South 1000Hewitson insists an announcement regarding a permanent appointment in the dugout is not imminent.

He said: “We are going through the process at the moment, we’re sifting through the applications and we’ll hopefully get round to making a short list in the next few days.

“After that we’ll conduct interviews and hopefully we can get it right.

“An announcement next week might still be a wee bit early, it will depend on what comes through the door.

“We’ve got a management team in place and we’re in no hurry but, equally we want to get a team in place to bring some stability.

“We’ve gone down the route of offering young managers a chance in the past and we’re still happy with that, although someone with a bit more experience could be the way forward.

“We thought Gavin would have been a success and was the right man for the job but it didn’t work out like that as he had to step down for personal reasons.”

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