Blackpool hold Coyle talks

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BLACKPOOL have met Owen Coyle for talks over the vacant manager’s job at Bloomfield Road.

The former Burnley and Bolton boss is the latest to be interviewed for the hot seat four weeks after Michael Appleton quit for Blackburn.

The Gazette understands Pool chairman Karl Oyston and secretary Matt Williams met Coyle in east Lancashire yesterday.

As revealed in yesterday’s Gazette, Pool turned to Coyle after missing out on Billy Davies, whose return to Nottingham Forest has been confirmed.

Pool spent yesterday speaking to a number of clubs and out-of-work managers.

46-year-old Coyle has been unemployed since October, when he was sacked by Bolton after a slow start to life in the Championship.

The former striker, who played for 14 clubs over a 20-year playing career, made his name in management by leading Burnley into the Premier League in 2009.

Coyle would be a popular appointment among supporters at Bloomfield Road and is seen as exactly the sort of character needed to drag the Seasiders out of their current lull.

It had been thought Coyle’s insistence on bringing all his backroom staff could block any deal, so a compromise would be needed if he was to take the job.

Birmingham boss Lee Clark remains in the frame, while former Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton is also believed to have expressed an interest.

Caretaker manager Steve Thompson is again set to be in charge for tomorrow’s home game against Millwall. Pool have lost four of their five games under Thompson since Appleton’s exit.

Thompson took training as normal today and remains in the dark about managerial developments.

He said: “I don’t know anything, to be honest. Karl (Oyston) will make the decision which is best for this football club.

“I haven’t spoken to him this week, so I don’t have an update.

“But whatever his decision is, I’ll keep giving my all for this club and the players.

“That’s all the rest of the staff and I can do.”