BLACKPOOL’S problems in finding a manager continue to grow after Owen Coyle became the latest to turn them down.
It’s more than four weeks since Michael Appleton left to join Blackburn after only two months in the job.
After exhausting a number of options, chairman Karl Oyston turned his attentions to two higher-earning managers who were always thought to be out of the club’s reach.
On Monday they interviewed Billy Davies and were hopeful of agreeing a deal until he chose to rejoin Nottingham Forest.
Desperate to bring the saga to an end, Oyston and club secretary Matt Williams travelled to former Burnley and Bolton boss Coyle’s home on Thursday.
The Gazette understands that those talks were very positive and that the 46-year-old expressed an interest in the position.
Oyston then met with Coyle’s legal representative yesterday and laid out the terms and conditions on offer.
But Pool were stunned when Coyle informed them within hours that he was no longer interested. The Gazette understands Pool offered the Scot a basic salary with a huge incentive bonus for taking the club back up to the Premier League, terms which did not appeal to Coyle.
While national reports claim he was offered a salary of £200,000, it’s understood the actual figure was considerably more.
There were also issues surrounding his backroom staff.
Oyston is determined to maintain continuity at Bloomfield Road and is keen to see caretaker boss Steve Thompson and staff to remain at the club.
Coyle wanted to bring two of his own coaches and a physio.
While the deal is not dead in the water, it would take a massive climbdown for anything to happen over the weekend.
It’s understood Coyle saw Blackpool as a challenge and is very keen to return to management.
The latest knockback leaves the Seasiders almost back to square one in their search. Thompson will again be in charge for this afternoon’s game against Millwall.