BLACKPOOL have approached Nigel Adkins to become their new manager.
Southampton stunned the football world yesterday by sacking the 47-year-old after back-to-back promotions and installing Argentine Mauricio Pochettino.
Pool chairman Karl Oyston immediately contacted Adkins’ representatives and has made him the club’s no.1 target.
Oyston was hoping to speak to the former Scunthorpe boss today, although it remains to be seen whether he will be ready for such a quick return to management.
Adkins joined the Saints in September 2010, with the club third-bottom of League One. He leaves them 15th in the Premier League, his last match in charge an admirable 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Wednesday.
Bookmakers instantly made Adkins odds-on favourite for the Blackpool job as Pool’s search drifts into a second week. If Oyston could lure Adkins, it would be a huge coup after a frustrating week in the quest to replace Michael Appleton.
Sean O’Driscoll rejected Pool’s offer, while the Seasiders had approaches for MK Dons’ Karl Robinson and Birmingham’s Lee Clark rejected.
Meanwhile, caretaker boss Steve Thompson insists the snowy conditions haven’t hampered preparations for this evening’s home clash with Cardiff (5.20pm kick-off).
Pool face the Championship leaders in front of the Sky cameras, having managed to train yesterday despite their Squires Gate training ground being covered by snow.
Thompson said: “We did a video session. We worked on Cardiff’s set-plays and what they do. It wasn’t ideal but we did get out in the snow. I suppose it’s a blessing not training hard after extra-time the other night (when Pool lost to Fulham in the FA Cup).”
Cardiff arrive at Bloomfield Road eight points clear at the top. Malky Mackay’s men beat Pool 3-0 in Wales in September
Thompson was full of praise for the Bluebirds. He said: “You have to hand it to Cardiff – they are picking up results when sometimes not playing well, which is the sign of a good team. They are up there for a reason but I’m more concerned about what we do.
“If we play as we can, we’ll cause problems but we have to be more clinical in the final third.” Pool go into the game without any major injury worries, despite playing 120 minutes on Tuesday.
Thompson added: “We’ve taken all the positives from the other night. We were one kick away from beating a Premier League side. We looked like scoring again and we have to take that into this game.”