McPhillips set to remain in charge at Blackpool for Stanley showdown

Terry McPhillips
Terry McPhillips

After recording his first League One win as Blackpool’s caretaker boss, Terry McPhillips expects he will again be in charge for Saturday’s home clash with Accrington Stanley.

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Ex-Seasider Richie Wellens is the bookies’ odds-on favourite to replace Gary Bowyer, whose former number two McPhillips has lost only one of his four games at the helm and is preparing for the challenge of newly-promoted Stanley.
McPhillips revealed he had talks with the powers that be at Bloomfield Road ahead of Tuesday’s home match against Coventry, which Pool won 2-0 courtesy of goals by Mark Cullen and Joe Dodoo, and the interim boss is looking no further ahead than Saturday.
He said: “My thoughts are just to Accrington. I think I will be in charge for that game.
“I had a meeting with the club on Monday and I am really looking forward to that game. We will see what happens after that.”
The 49-year-old previously assisted Bowyer at Blackburn Rovers and is experiencing management for the first time.
Over the past fortnight he has been asked repeatedly whether he would be interested in taking the role on a permanent basis, and he swerved a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response when asked again this week.
McPhillips said: “You don’t know things until you have tried them and I have never tried this before.
“It is sort of all new to me but there is an extra-special buzz about taking the team.
“You have ultimately been picking the team, and deciding who comes off and who goes on. I really enjoyed that, I can tell you that for sure.
“Accrington will come here, we will play that game and see what happens after that. Who knows what will happen in the week?”
As for the task of keeping players upbeat and unified amid all the issues surrounding the club, McPhillips added: “I told the players what I have been told. We just crack on.
“They are a great group of lads to work with, and you saw that on the pitch on Tuesday and in the previous games.
“They have a spirit, a camaraderie and they do not want to concede. They want to fight until the end.”
And now he is preparing for a tough all-Lancashire battle with a Stanley side who have taken seven points from their last three games.
McPhillips added: “I think we had to win on Tuesday to make the point at Shrewsbury worthwhile.
“I think Accrington Stanley will be a tougher game. John Coleman and the staff put demands on their players. It will certainly be a fight to start with, then we will see.”