STEVE Thompson made a plea to take over as the new manager of Blackpool when he urged chairman Karl Oyston not to judge his claim to the job on a sorry 4-1 capitulation at Derby.
Thompson took over as caretaker manager only four and a half hours before kick-off following Ian Holloway’s move to Crystal Palace.
Defeat made it only one win and five points in eight games for the Seasiders although victory takes their hosts into 11th, just three points off the play-offs.
Thompson admitted the team were badly affected and said: “It came as a bad blow after a very difficult week and you could see in that performance how much it took out of the side.
“But I would not like to think that any decision on my future will be based solely on what happened in one match.”
The former Bolton, Burnley and Leicester player has been at Blackpool as assistant manager for five years and he hopes this will lend weight to his application.
He added: “I’d like to think that the things the club has achieved in this period will be remembered because I believe I have played an important part.
“It is all up to the chairman but I will get another chance to show my credentials when we play away to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.
“The team that plays there will be the one I pick and I would expect the hard words and home truths spoken in our dressing room after this performance to have the desired effect.”
Asked whether he might follow Holloway to Palace, Thompson insisted: “No. I will not be going there.”