Owen Coyle favourite to take charge of Blackpool

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 08 May 2014, 09:41

Owen CoyleBlackpool have begun their search for a new permanent manager after caretaker boss Barry Ferguson secured their Championship safety. The position has proved to be a poisoned chalice in recent years, with Pool rifling through an astonishing amount of managers since November 2012; Ian Holloway, Steve Thompson (caretaker x2), Michael Appleton, Paul Ince and most recently Ferguson.

Despite a record-breaking start to the 2013/14 campaign, just three wins since November saw the Seasiders freefall down the league, before slumping to a 20th place finish, with their horrific form and failure to carve out wins saw them beat the drop down to League One by just two points. When Ince lost his job in January veteran midfielder Barry Ferguson stepped up to the plate as interim boss for the final 20 games, and managed to keep the club in the league by the skin of their teeth, despite his failure to inspire a turn-around in results.

In the Blackpool Gazette the club’s chairman Karl Osyton is quoted as saying that an appointment will be made in the “next seven to 10 days”. Oyston has over 50 CVs to shuffle through, with Owen Coyle installed as the 4/1 favourite with Bet Victor in the Next Blackpool Manager Market. The 47-year-old has been out-of-work since leaving Wigan back in late 2013, although he is believed to be eager to return to the dugout.

Elsewhere Sean O'Driscoll, Micky Mellon, Nigel Worthington and Tony Mowbray are also in contention, according to the latest odds. Meanwhile Ferguson doesn't currently feature in the betting, however the 36-year-old is reportedly not completely out of contention for the full-time job.

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