SEAN O’Driscoll has turned down the chance to manage Blackpool, instead taking up the vacant role at Bristol City.
O’Driscoll, sacked by Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day after five months in the post, met Pool chairman Karl Oyston over the weekend.
The Gazette understands O’Driscoll’s talks on the Fylde coast went well and he was offered the Bloomfield Road job.
It is believed he was close to accepting until Bristol City sacked Derek McInnes after Saturday’s 4-0 defeat by Leicester and immediately contacted O’Driscoll to offer him the job.
Former Bournemouth and Doncaster boss O’Driscoll favoured a move to Ashton Gate, forcing Pool to look elsewhere for a replacement for Michael Appleton.
The Seasiders have a huge game at Bloomfield Road tomorrow night, when Premier League side Fulham are the visitors in an FA Cup replay, the winners to face Manchester United or West Ham in the fourth round.
Caretaker boss Steve Thompson is expected to be in charge once again.
Oyston and club secretary Matt Williams have spent the weekend talking to agents and out of work managers, including Keith Hill and Paul Ince.
They will hold talks with Dundee United boss Peter Houston on Monday, although he is one of many they are hoping to speak to.
Gareth Southgate, Owen Coyle and Coventry boss Mark Robins have all been considered and Gary Bowyer, who had an unbeaten four-match stint as Blackburn’s caretaker boss before Appleton’s appointment, has also been linked to the post.
Pool had hoped to talk to Bradford boss Phil Parkinson only for the League Cup giantkillers to refuse them permission.