Captain Jay Spearing backs Terry McPhillips for Blackpool job

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Blackpool skipper Jay Spearing has lent his support to Terry McPhillips’ bid to become the club’s permanent manager.

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McPhillips stated his intentions to take the job for the first time after Pool’s 2-1 League Cup win at Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday.

Since Gary Bowyer’s shock resignation just one game into the season, McPhillips has overseen three wins, two draws and just one defeat.

Spearing says the club needs clarity regarding the manager’s position but suggested McPhillips would be the right man to take the Seasiders forward.

He said: “He’s told us from day one he is here to commit and he is going to work as hard as he can. We’re right behind him.

“We just want clarity at the end of the day. He had a meeting with a few of the senior lads about going forward.

“With everything that is going on at the club, we just need to concentrate on the football side but we need a bit of commitment and a bit of stability over who is going to be our gaffer.

“If Terry wants it, then he has got to step up and take it. If he doesn’t want it, then he has to make way for whoever is going to come in.

“Either way, if he sticks by the lads they will be right behind him as they showed at Doncaster and in the games before that.”

Asked if the players would be pleased to see McPhillips takes the job, Spearing said: “Yes, of course we will.”

The midfielder was Blackpool’s star man at the Keepmoat Stadium, where Pool clinched a place in tonight’s third-round draw for the first time since 2009.

After goals by Michael Nottingham and Harry Pritchard cancelled out Alfie May’s opener for the home side, Spearing believes Blackpool now deserve to draw one of the Premier League big guns, who are in the hat for the first time.

The top tie the 29-year-old wants most is against his former club Liverpool. He added: “I want to go back to Anfield or bring Anfield to us.

“We deserve this and we’ve worked hard. We’ve beaten Barnsley and Donny, who are flying in our league.

“We’ve come from 1-0 down at half time to beat Barnsley 3-1 and we’ve come back from behind again to beat Doncaster 2-1.

“We deserve to be in that pot on Thursday and we’re going to look forward to it.

“We will face whoever comes at us but we want the big guns.”