Blackpool hopeful of appointing Ian Holloway's successor today
Monday 05 November 2012
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston is hopeful of appointing Ian Holloway's successor by the end of today.
Holloway ended a highly successful three-and-a-half-year spell at Bloomfield Road on Saturday, completing a surprise move to take charge of npower Championship counterparts Crystal Palace.
The 49-year-old's departure was confirmed hours before the Seasiders slumped to a 4-1 defeat at Derby, their fifth game without a win.
Despite leading the Championship in the opening weeks of the season, Blackpool now lie 16th in the table, 10 points off the pace.
To avoid a further slump, Oyston is keen to move quickly and pointed to the uncertainty that surrounded Lancashire neighbours Bolton and Blackburn before their protracted managerial searches recently ended.
He told Sky Sports News: "We've spoken to a few people and we hope to make an appointment within the next day or so. I'm hopeful we'll know by the end of today.
"I've seen some of our near neighbours, Championship clubs in and around Lancashire, take some time over it and the instability has not done them any favours. I'd like to move quite quickly."
Caretaker manager and Holloway's former assistant Steve Thompson is one of the names in the frame and, speaking after the weekend reverse at Pride Park, he pleaded with Oyston not to write him off on the back of one game.
Thompson claimed his charges were badly affected by Holloway's departure and said: "It came as a bad blow after a very difficult week and you could see in that performance how much it took out of the side.
"But I would not like to think that any decision on my future will be based solely on what happened in one match.
"I'd like to think that the things the club has achieved in this period will be remembered because I believe I have played an important part.
"It is all up to the chairman but I will get another chance to show my credentials when we play away to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.
"The team that plays there will be the one I pick and I would expect the hard words and home truths spoken in our dressing room after this performance to have the desired effect."
Latest in Sport
Arsenal are so close to winning the Premier League, but sometimes Arsene Wenger holds them back, says Jamie Carragher
Arsenal transfer news: Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini set for showdown summer talks over future
David Beckham reveals secret of his success: I 'stayed in to watch Match of the Day' rather than go out with friends on a Saturday night
Real Madrid vs Juventus preview: Juventus know they must attack to match past European glory
Two new members of Floyd Mayweather's The Money Team blag their way into entourage to celebrate to celebrate with Justin Bieber
- 2 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 4 University student in court for allegedly covering housemates' food in window cleaner and spit
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
Andy McSmith's Sketch: Feisty audience is the real star of an enlightening show