Houston not in running for Pool job

Dundee United's manager Peter Houston
Dundee United's manager Peter Houston
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PETER Houston will not be Blackpool’s next manager.

The Dundee United boss was installed as the bookmakers’ odds-on favourite to replace Michael Appleton yesterday, when his Scottish Premier League club revealed they had granted permission for Pool chairman Karl Oyston to speak to him.

However, The Gazette understands Houston is not on Pool’s wish-list and the Seasiders won’t be talking to the 54-year-old Scot.

He is one of many options to have been considered by the Seasiders as the club goes into tonight’s FA Cup replay against Fulham with caretaker Steve Thompson again at the helm.

Oyston will continue to go through a list of potential candidates today and has made enquiries about several managers, some currently in work and some not.

The confusion surrounding Houston appears to have arisen after Oyston spoke to Dundee United chairman Stephen Thomson on Sunday night.

Houston was discussed, though The Gazette understands no official approach was made and he is not being considered for the Bloomfield Road job.

The former Scotland assistant manager has been in charge at Dundee United since 2009, having initially replaced Craig Levein on a caretaker basis.

Success in the Scottish Cup and a third-place finish in the SPL saw Houston installed on a permanent basis six months later.

The Tannadice club have not fared so well this season and Houston, who is out of contract in the summer, has been told he must take a wage cut to remain in his post.

The Seasiders are looking to appoint quickly following Appleton’s move to Blackburn last Friday.

They thought they had their man after positive talks with Sean O’Driscoll over the weekend.

However, the former Nottingham Forest boss instead chose to join the Championship’s bottom club Bristol City.

The 55-year-old explained his decision: “It’s a good fit. Sometimes you have to go with your gut instincts and Bristol City just feels right.

“I like the way the club has been developed. This has always been a well-respected club and that’s not going to change.

“There’s stability within the ownership and I think I can be successful here.”

Birmingham’s Lee Clark is the latest name to be linked with the Pool job by the bookies, with Billy Davies, Owen Coyle and Nick Barmby also on the radar.