Simon Grayson rules out Blackpool return as Ian Holloway remains favourite

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 07 August 2018, 08:29

Simon Grayson has appeared to rule out a return to former club Blackpool following the shock exit of Gary Bowyer.

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Bowyer left Seasiders supporters stunned on Monday night after he stepped down from his post just three days and one game into the new League One season.

Within a few hours Sky Sports News were reporting that Blackpool were eager to lure ex boss Grayson back to Bloomfield Road, however the 10/1 shot has since told BBC Radio Lancashire:

“I don’t think I’m ready to go back into management.

“I had the option of a two-year deal at Bradford which I turned down because I didn’t think it was right for me.

“At this moment in time I’m enjoying my time off and I’m enjoying my media work. So I would think it would be very unlikely I would go back to Blackpool at this moment in time.”

However, Grayson does believe that the vacancy will attract a lot of interest.

Another former Tangerines manager, Ian Holloway, remains the early bookmakers favourite for the post at 5/1, followed by interim boss Terry McPhillips (6/1), and Grayson, while the likes of Mick McCarthy, Keith Curle and Darren Ferguson are hovering around the 12/1 mark.

Blackpool drew their opening game away to Wycombe and are next in action at home to Portsmouth on Saturday, which is followed by an EFL Cup clash against fellow third-tier side Barnsley a week Tuesday.

BREAKING: We are only a few days into the new season but already there's been a managerial departure as Gary Bowyer steps down from his position at Blackpool.

Terry McPhillips has been placed in interim charge.

Here's the club statement:

— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) August 6, 2018

Managers Departed

Last man down

Gary Bowyer
Gary Bowyer
6th August


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