Former Blackburn and Bolton boss in the running for Blackpool job

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 15 August 2018, 11:30

Owen Coyle looks to be edging closer to sticking a fifth club in the North West Panini Album after the Scot was cut to just 6/4 in the Next Blackpool Manager Market.

The Scot has already ticked off Burnley, Bolton, Wigan, and Blackburn Rovers but could now be set to dart up to Bloomfield Road.

Coyle, who has also managed the likes of Houston Dynamo and St Johnstone, has been out of work since resigning from his post at Ross County in March after only five months at the helm.

After taking a breather from the chaotic life of management, he could well have his eye on the Blackpool vacancy, which opened up nine days ago following the surprise exit of Gary Bowyer.

Bowyer’s assistant, Terry McPhillips, has since overseen two games; a 2-1 defeat at home to Portsmouth in the league, followed by an impressive 3-1 EFL Cup victory against Barnsley.

In the aftermath of the cup triumph McPhillips said:

“We’re not getting much luck lately but the response in the second half was superb. We were different class.

“To a man they were outstanding and Gary Bowyer would be really proud of them.”

(Quote via The Gazette)

Former Seasider midfielder Richie Wellens remains the 4/6 favourite for the permanent job ahead of Coyle, Gary Taylor Fletcher, and McPhillips, while Mick McCarthy is out at 25/1 (all with Bet Victor).

Blackpool (17th) are next in action on Saturday after to John Askey’s Shrewsbury (22nd) who are pointless after two games.

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