Oyston confirms manager talks

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BLACKPOOL have already spoken to ‘one or two candidates’ about the vacant manager’s role at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders are left without a boss after Michael Appleton today quit to take over at Blackburn.

He and first team coach Ashley Westwood joined Rovers today on two-and-a-half-year deals.

Pool chairman Karl Oyston has been compiling a list of potential targets on Friday with club secretary Matt Williams.

And Oyston told The Gazette they’ve already spoken to potential replacements.

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson has reportedly turned down the chance to speak to Pool about the vacant role

“We’ve been speaking to one or two candidates for the position,” he said.

One of the managers Pool had hoped to talk to was Bradford boss Phil Parkinson.

However, the Yorkshire club tonight confirmed their boss turned down the chance to hold talks at Bloomfiel Road.

Appleton was in charge at Blackpool for 64 days – just 12 games, but Oyston doesn’t think his decision to quit was a surprise.

He said: “Nothing comes as a surprise in football.

“It’s not uncommon for people to come and go, although maybe not as quickly as this.

“It’s not the first time and I’m sure it won’t be the last.”

Pool’s squad travelled to London today ahead of tomorrow’s game against Charlton.

Steve Thompson has been placed in caretaker charge of the side, and Oyston says the club are fortunate to have such a good man to turn to.

“I think we’ve always said stability is very important, that does just apply to the manager, it applies to the whole club.

“We still have the core of the staff at the club which took us all the way from League One to the Premier League.”

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