Moniz in frame but Pool manager search continues

Ricardo Moniz
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Ricardo Moniz is the latest name in the frame for the vacant Blackpool manager’s job.

Moniz, who turns 50 next month, is in charge of Polish side Lechia Gdansk and has a wealth of experience all over Europe, including stints at Tottenham, Hamburg, Salzburg and Feyenoord.

The Dutchman was recommended to Oyston last week, and the Pool chairman flew out with head of youth Richie Kyle to watch Moniz’s Gdansk side beat Lech Poznan 2-1 on Friday.

Rotterdam-born former defender Moniz, who started his playing career with Eindhoven, spent his playing days in his homeland and later linked up with compatriot Martin Jol at Spurs, where he was skills coach for three years (2005-08).

As a manager, he won a league and cup double with Austrian side Salzburg but was less successful in Hungary with Ferencvaros. Having lost his job there in December, he linked up with Lechia Gdansk two months ago.

Moniz is currently involved in the end-of-season play-offs in Poland but has become the bookies’ favourite for the Pool job since news of Oyston’s flying visit leaked out.

However, Moniz is only one of half a dozen potential candidates Oyston is keen to speak to after compiling a shortlist.

The Pool chief wants to meet them all face to face before making his final choice and is yet to decide whether to make an official request to talk to Moniz.

The Gazette understands that Oyston did have a meeting with one of those on his shortlist over the weekend and hopes to speak to another today.

The chairman had hoped to have the new man in place by now but has decided to extend his deadline to talk to all interested parties.

Whoever does take over faces a huge rebuilding job as Pool have only six senior players registered for next season after confirming the release of 17 last Friday.

The club hopes to discuss new contracts with eight of last season’s players, though this won’t happen until a manger is in place.