Pool seek talks with Coyle as Davies walks away

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle

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BLACKPOOL’S four-week search for a new manager goes on after another day of frustration at Bloomfield Road.

The former Bolton and Burnley boss Owen Coyle is now believed to be high on the club’s wish-list after Billy Davies turned his back on the opportunity to become the Seasiders’ third boss this season.

Pool have contacted Coyle’s representatives and are hoping to talk to the 46-year-old about the vacant role.

His fellow Scot Davies was expected to be named as Michael Appleton’s successor after a highly encouraging interview on Monday.

But since Alex McLeish quit as manager of Nottingham Forest on Tuesday, Davies has been tempted by unfinished business at the City Ground and the 48-year-old looks set for a second stint at the club he left in summer 2011.

Davies was never offered the post at Blackpool, though it is understood his talks with Karl Oyston ended on good terms and the Pool chairman was confident of a deal until the Forest vacancy arose.

Oyston said: “I can confirm the meeting with Billy Davies concluded with both parties agreeing to speak again.

“I spoke with Billy on two occasions yesterday and he has decided to follow another opportunity, a decision we fully appreciate and 
understand.”

It’s the second time the Seasiders have been close to naming a new boss only for another club to nip in at the 11th hour. Sean O’Driscoll, like Davies, was at Bloomfield Road for talks and gave Pool encouraging signs only to opt for Championship strugglers Bristol City.

Oyston added: “It has been well documented that we have approached a number of people regarding our managerial vacancy in order to conduct preliminary discussions and ascertain interest from either party. We will continue with this process and we will continue to do so in the correct manner.

“However, we have only offered the position to one person and, unfortunately, that person decided to accept a position at Bristol City.”

It means Pool look set to go into a sixth game with Steve Thompson as caretaker-boss this Saturday, when they face Millwall at Bloomfield Road. Pool have not won at home since Blackburn were beaten 2-0 in mid-December.

Oyston thanked his trusty employee Thompson, adding: “While we continue through the process, Steve Thompson will remain in temporary charge. I would once again like to take this opportunity of thanking Steve and the rest of the football staff for their co-operation and patience during this period.

“We would like to assure our supporters that it is a priority for us to conclude this process in a timely manner and recruit the best possible candidate to progress Blackpool Football Club.”