Ex-Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Dunn placed in caretaker charge at Blackpool following Simon Grayson's sacking

David Dunn has been placed in caretaker charge at Blackpool following today's sacking of Simon Grayson.

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 9:07 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 1:40 pm
David Dunn only joined Simon Grayson's coaching staff in January

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The former Blackburn Rovers midfielder takes up the role having only recently joined as first-team coach at the start of January.

Assistant manager Ian Miller has also left the club, the Seasiders have confirmed.

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“I would like to thank Simon Grayson and Ian Miller for all their hard work since I joined the club," chief executive Ben Mansford said.

"Simon is a proper football man and someone I enjoyed working alongside.

"Unfortunately, despite Simon’s best efforts, the results did not come over recent times.

"I wish Simon and Ian all the very best for the future.”

Grayson was relieved of his duties following last night's 3-2 defeat to Gillingham, Blackpool's seventh loss from their last nine league outings.

The 50-year-old leaves after just seven months in the role.

Owner Simon Sadler added: “Given his past success here, Simon Grayson will always be a part of the club’s history and I would like to wish both him and Ian Miller well for the future.

“While the process of appointing a new manager gets underway, I would like to thank David Dunn for agreeing to take charge in the interim.”

Dunn, 39, made 377 appearances across two spells for Blackburn Rovers and a further 69 with Birmingham City.

Capped by England in 2002, he later became a part of Blackburn's first-team coaching staff under Tony Mowbray and assisted the club's development squad to the Premier League 2 Division 2 title in 2018.

He then had a short stint as manager of Oldham during the 2015/16 season.