Braintree Town chairman Lee Harding has said that the club are prepared to be patient to make sure they make the right appointment in their hunt for a new manager.

The Iron have a two-week break from action between their 1-0 defeat at Aldershot Town on Saturday and their next Vanarama National League game - at home in front of the television cameras against Solihull Moors on November 17.

So that is giving them a bit of breathing space to ponder who the next permanent boss will be to take the reins after the departure of Brad Quinton last month.

Hakan Hayrettin has been in charge on a caretaker basis in the interim and has made no secret of the fact that he would like to take charge on a permanent basis for a second stint as Braintree boss.

The team have responded well under Hayrettin's guidance, earning seven points from four National League games and claiming a place in the fourth round of the Essex Senior Cup.

However, they did bow out of the FA Cup and were beaten at Aldershot last weekend and chairman Harding says he and the club's board are looking at all options in the coming days after having more than 150 applications for the post.

He said: "The process is ongoing and we are actively looking through the list of those who have applied.

"We are taking a close look at the options that we have.

"A decision may be made in the next 24 hours, but it may take two to three weeks as we have to make sure that we get the right person for the position.

"If we can't reach an agreement with someone, it's not the end of the world; we have to get the right person on the right terms.

"It has to be the right deal for the club.

"There is no point wasting their time and our time in negotiating with someone who we can't afford.

"We are making progress to get that right deal for the club, but I would rather take time to make sure we get it right."