Six or seven on Oyston shortlist

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston
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Karl Oyston says he has drawn up a shortlist of “six or seven” for the Blackpool manager’s job, but ruled out Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara.

The Seasiders chairman has spent the weekend talking to potential targets and is due to meet two more today.

Blackpool have been without a permanent manager since sacking Paul Ince in January. Barry Ferguson, who stood in for the final 20 games of the season, ruled himself out of the running on Friday.

Oyston told the Gazette: “I want to talk to six or seven people at least.

“The people I’m hoping to talk to are from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences. That’s the only way I’ll be able to form a conclusion.”

Though the usual names are being mentioned by bookmakers, The Gazette understands Oyston is looking future afield and has identified overseas managers to talk to as well as more familiar names.

He was furious when his approach to Scottish Premier League side Dundee United for permission to talk to their manager McNamara was made public. Ruling out the 40-year-old, Oyston said: “I called the Dundee chairman, as I think you should in these cases, and asked to speak to their manager.

“No-one should draw anything from that. I simply wanted a conversation with him after someone I respect suggested I speak to him. I’d have liked to have kept any conversation I had about that private.

“But as in many such cases, the reward for doing anything properly in football is to be plastered all over the papers.

“I had no particular interest in employing him and I certainly have no interest in employing him now. He wasn’t by any stretch my preferred choice and I shall not be taking it any further.”

The rules state that any club wishing to speak to a manager who is employed must always go through his club first, though this is often ignored.

Oyston had similar experiences last season, when his enquiries about MK Dons boss Karl Robinson and Bradford’s Phil Parkinson became public knowledge.

But the Pool chief insists he won’t change: “It’s disappointing that we get treated like this for doing things properly,” Oyston said.

“But that’s the way I like to operate and I won’t let people leaking things change that.

“We will continue to conduct this process properly.”