FORMER Bangor City boss Kevin Nicholson is being heavily linked with a vacant managerial position in the Football League.

The talented young coach steered the Citizens to a second-place finish in the JD Welsh Premier League last season after a rousing overall performance that was bettered only by all-conquering full-time side The New Saints of Oswestry Town.

He decided to leave his position at the helm following their relegation to the Huws Gray Alliance after the club failed to obtain an FAW Domestic Licence, and he is understood to be on the shortlist for the position at Sky Bet League Two side Cheltenham Town following the sacking of Gary Johnson just four games into the season.

The Chronicle understands that Nicholson is interested in the role, which is just 70 miles from his current base in Cardiff.

No formal decision has yet been made by Town officials, with the club bouncing back in fine style last weekend thanks to a 1-0 success over Cambridge United.

Nicholson, a former coach at Cardiff City’s thriving academy set-up, is widely regarded as one of the best young coaches anywhere in the country and is the youngest ever person to successfully complete the UEFA Pro Licence qualification.