Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Richie Wellens linked with managerless Blackpool

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 09 August 2018, 09:30

Blackpool may have suffered rejection from a brace of former bosses in Ian Holloway and Simon Grayson, but ex player Gary Taylor-Fletcher has expressed an interest in the League One vacancy, while Richie Wellens has also shot into the mix.

The Seasiders were left managerless on Monday, 48 hours after their opening draw with Wycombe, as boss Gary Bowyer decided to step down from his position.

Holloway and Grayson were immediately installed as two of the early favourites in the Next Blackpool Manager Market, however both men have ruled out a return.

Holloway told The Gazette:

“No, I’m still being paid by QPR and I have a year to go.

“I’m also doing some media work like I’ve done before and I will wait until October to see what happens.

“That’s when the crazy sack season usually happens and I’ll have to wait and see.”

Meanwhile, Grayson informed BBC Radio Lancashire that he wasn’t yet ready to head back into the dugout, having left Bradford at the end of last season.

But, if Blackpool are keen to appoint a manager with experience of managing in the Europa League...then Taylor-Fletcher is their man!

The 37-year-old, who made over 200 appearances for Tangerines between 2007 and 2013, briefly took charge of Bangor City at the end of the 2016/17 season in a player-manager capacity.

He proceeded to guide the club into the Europa League qualifying round, where they lost to Danish side Lyngby.

The former forward went on to work as an assistant to Kevin Nicholson - leading Bangor to 2nd spot last term - but the duo both departed in May, meaning the former Blackpool boss is ready and available for hire.

“The club (Blackpool) was a massive part of my football career and it’s probably the one club I hold closest to my heart,” Taylor-Fletcher told The Gazette.

“If the job was there then it would be very hard to turn down.”

Another name in the frame is Wellens, who spent five years at Blackpool between 2000 and 2005. He ventured into the managerial arena in 2017 with Oldham, where he won 14 of his 43 matches, but suffered relegation down to the bottom tier, which cost him his job in June.

Interim boss Terry McPhillips is a 5/1 shot, while Owen Coyle can be backed at 10/1.


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