Coach McPhee walks out in wage row

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STEPHEN McPhee has left his post as Seasiders’ first-team coach.

The 30-year-old, who joined the coaching staff after a knee injury forced him to retire two years ago, is understood to have walked out after a disagreement about wages.

The timing is far from ideal and Holloway said: “I feel for him to be fair. I can understand the chairman’s point of view but he (Stephen) is adamant that he can’t work for that (wage).

“I liked his development. I thought he had been absolutely outstanding over the summer.

“But as I told him, I can’t change certain things. It is not my position to do that. I can only make recommendations.”

George Wood has replaced Andy Fairman as goalkeeping coach.

Wood made 117 Seasiders appearances from 1971-77 before joining Everton.

The 58-year-old, capped four times by Scotland, has worked as a goalkeeping coach at Cardiff, Hartlepool and Swindon.