Pool manager latest

Karl Oyston
Karl Oyston

BLACKPOOL’s chances of landing Nigel Adkins as manager are looking slimmer by the day.

Chairman Karl Oyston spent the weekend trying to contact the former Southampton manager.

However, the 47-year-old is yet to return Pool’s calls and was due to jet off on holiday today.

It means Pool are again turning their attention to other targets, 11 days after Michael Appleton’s departure for Blackburn. One candidate about to rule himself out of the running is Keith Hill.

The Gazette understands the ex-Barnsley boss will today take charge at his former club Rochdale, who sacked John Coleman last night and are expected to make a quick appointment.

Hill was considered the Blackpool job but was never high on the club’s list of targets. With no stand-out candidates at present, Pool may have to consider managers originally deemed unrealistic.

Oyston is particularly impressed by Owen Coyle and Billy Davies, but feels their insistence on bringing their own backroom staff would cost the club the continuity he is keen to protect.

Roy Keaneand Paulo Di Canio both remain on the bookies’ lists but are all rank outsiders.

Meanwhile, Pool midfielder Ludo Sylvestre could be the subject of a shock bid by Premier League side Fulham before the transfer window closes on Thursday week.

Reports suggest Cottagers boss Martin Jol was impressed by the 28-year-old Frenchman when the clubs clashed in the FA Cup.

Sylvestre scored at Craven Cottage to earn Pool a third-round replay.

Former Blackpool striker DJ Campbell looks to be on the move again, this time to Championship rivals Hull City.

The Humberside high-flyers are keen to sign the QPR striker, who scored 10 goals in 17 games on loan at Ipswich this season.

Hull boss Steve Bruce said: “We’re talking to QPR. We hope we can try and resolve something and we’ll see what develops.

“I think the two chief executives are talking. Whether there’s been a bid lodged I’m not quite sure.”