WINDSOR interim boss Luke Brooks-Smith has ruled himself out of contention to be the new permanent manager at Stag Meadow, writes Rob Stevens.

Brooks-Smith, 30, has taken charge of the first three matches of the new season after former manager

Mick Woodham made the decision to resign

in an attempt to recharge his batteries and focus on life away from football.

Windsor Chairman

Kevin Stott had identified Brooks-Smith as strong candidate

for the vacant role at Stag Meadow, but the midfielder will only hold the reigns until a new manager is appointed.

He told the Observer: "My role now for the next couple of weeks is just to be in charge in the interim. There will definitely be someone else that takes over.

"I know that applications are now being received so, probably in the next week or two, there will be interviews and the next stages happening. I'm just taking control until someone comes in and takes it on permanently.

"It's a difficult position because I don't want to bring in new people and then a new manager comes in that potential brings a host of players with him.

"What we have got to try and do in the interim is improve the squad, whether that's improving the levels of the players we've already got or bring in one or two that will be able to stay once a new manager comes in.

"It's a little bit of a tricky situation but it is what it is and all of us at the club are trying to pull together to make the best of it.

"Positivity has been in the camp. Maybe the last 10 minutes on Saturday was the first time I've seen us down tools a little bit, but that's expected to happen when you're about to receive a third defeat having not scored again.

"It does get disheartening but generally, even when we conceded five in the first game of the season, every player has worked their socks off right up until the last minute."

The club welcomes applications for the role as manager from suitably qualified and experienced individuals. Those interested should apply in writing enclosing a CV via email to secretary@windsorfc.net. The application process will close at 5pm this Friday.

The Observer understands that there has already been at least eight applications made for the job.

Windsor are still searching for a first win this season after suffering

a 3-0 defeat to Reading City

at home in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Brooks-Smith now aims to keep spirits high between now and their return to action at Woodley United in round two of the Hellenic Challenge Cup this Saturday (3pm).

He said: "We've got to correct a few wrongs in training on Tuesday and Thursday and try to get a little bit of positivity back into the camp because we now go into our next game having lost three in a row.

"We will just try to keep training positive this week and work on a couple of things to make us stronger for the next game, but we're not too far away

"The performance on Saturday, although it was a 3-0 defeat, was the best we've put in. We were just punished by a couple of critical errors but, apart from the three goals, we were reasonably comfortable throughout the game.

"Reading didn't create too much of their own making. It was down to us that allowed them to create chances."