By Wayne Veysey

22nd Oct, 2021 | 12:00pm

Sources: Gray is top contender to be new Charlton manager

Sutton United boss Matt Gray is in the frame for the vacant manager’s job at Charlton Athletic, Football Insider understands.

The 39-year-old has worked miracles at Sutton on a shoestring budget after guiding the club to the Football League for the first time in their history.

A Charlton source has told Football Insider that Gray is firmly on their radar as a leading contender to replace Nigel Adkins.

The 56-year-old was sacked yesterday with the Londoners mired in the League One relegation zone.

Gray is regarded as one of the brightest young managers in the country.

His Sutton team currently sit in eighth spot in League Two after an impressive start to life in the professional divisions.

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Charlton have identified the 39-year-old as an exciting candidate who could make the step up the divisions.

Gray started his coaching career at Eastleigh before becoming assistant manager, and then caretaker boss, at Aldershot.

The south London-born boss then joined Crawley Town in a number two role before making the move to Sutton in 2018 in a coaching role.

He was formally appointed the South London outfit’s first-team manager in May 2019.

Sutton finished 15th in Gray’s first season in charge, with the campaign cut short by Covid-19.

However, he managed to guide his side to the National League title, and promotion, last term.

His impressive rise with Sutton has caught the eye of the Charlton Athletic board.

The Addicks currently sit 22nd in League One, with two wins, three draws and eight defeats under their belt.

Adkins was appointed as manager back in March.

He managed to guide the club to seventh, missing out on the play-offs on goal difference alone.

In other news, Charlton’s League One rivals have agreed to sell senior star to north west outfit.