Nelson chief executive Adam Keizer expects to name Mark Fell’s successor early next week.
And he believes the new Blues boss will have a terrific foundation to work from, going forward.
Fell stepped down last week after a 3-0 defeat to West Didsbury & Chorlton – a sixth league losses in eight outings.
The Admirals were keen for Fell – who led the club to the NWC First Division title in 2014 – to stay at Victoria Park, but his mind was made up.
Keizer, however, is happy with the calibre of applicants for the post, and said: “We pretty much have the shortlist now, and will be speaking to everyone on that to arrange interviews, before probably making a decision early next week.
“We’ve had a lot of applicants from all over the north west, and we’re very pleased with the options we have.
“It’s quite exciting – whoever comes in will have a great platform to build on, which Mark put in place over the last three years.”
Keizer was sorry to see Fell depart, and added: “It was Mark’s decision. He’s been fantastic for us – he put his heart and soul into the job.
“The club backed him, and wanted him to stay, but he had his ambitions and targets, and they hadn’t worked out and felt it was time to step down.
“He has a young family, and I don’t know where managers find the time to be honest. But we left on good terms, and he’s helped with a smooth transition.
“It’s just about making sure we get the right man to build on Mark’s good work now.”
Darrell Slater-Smith will again be interim boss at home to AFC Liverpool on Saturday.