Pool blocked in McNamara bid

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Blackpool have been knocked back in their attempts to speak to Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara.

The 40-year-old is one of the most highly rated bosses in Scotland after guiding his side to a top six finish in the Premier League and a Scottish Cup final next week.

Pool chairman Karl Oyston yesterday made an official approach to speak to McNamara, only for the bid to be rejected by the Tannadice club.

The Gazette understands he’s one of a number of people Oyston wishes to speak to in the next few days, with meetings arranged with out of work bosses for over the weekend.

While Pool wouldn’t comment on the news last night, Dundee United said: “We can confirm we have denied Blackpool FC permission to speak to manager Jackie McNamara.

“The manager has been kept aware of the situation and declared that he is fully committed to the club and very happy to remain at Dundee United for the foreseeable future.”

McNamara, who is under contract until 2017, joined the Scottish top-flight side from Partick Thistle midway through last season.

This term he has secured his second straight top-six finish at Tannadice, as well as the Tangerines’ upcoming Hampden final.

It’s now expected Blackpool will look elsewhere, or wait until after the cup final to make another approach.

Speaking on the approach, McNamara said he is concentrating fully on his current job.

“While flattered at the interest shown, I am very happy at Dundee United and wish to continue the job and build upon the foundations laid down over the last 18 months or so.

“I view the approach as a positive endorsement of all the hard work undertaken by everyone at the club and have no plans to leave.

“All of my focus is on the forthcoming Scottish Cup final and preparations for the new season ahead.”

Blackpool have been without a manager since the sacking of Paul Ince back in January.

Barry Ferguson took over in temporary charge for the final 20 games of the season, leading them to safety.

Oyston is back on the Fylde today after spending two days at an FA conference in London. He compiled a shortlist earlier this week and will continue his search today. The chairman told The Gazette on Wednesday he expects an appointment to be made by the end of next week.