Pool in Flynn U-turn

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Blackpool have cooled their interest in Brian Flynn just as the Welshman looked set to be appointed manager.

As The Gazette reported yesterday, the 58-year-old held intensive talks with chairman Karl Oyston and looked set to be installed as Pool boss this week .

However, The Gazette understands Oyston has had a change of heart and decided against offering the job to the former Wrexham and Swansea boss, who is currently director of football at relegated Doncaster.

News of Flynn’s expected arrival prompted many supporters to speak out against the appointment on social media and other internet forums.

It is unclear whether this negative reaction from fans influenced Oyston’s U-turn.

Oyston is now in the fourth week of his search for a manager following the departure of stand-in boss Barry Ferguson.

The chairman initially told The Gazette he hoped to fill the vacancy within 10 days and the delay is becoming a cause of concern among supporters.

Others linked to the post include Dutchman Ricardo Moniz, who manages Polish club Legia Gdansk, Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara and former Charlton manager Jose Riga.

Sky Sports last week claimed Mansfield Town’s Paul Cox was in the running but he spoke out to dismiss the rumour. The Stags boss said: “It was just speculation, that’s all, and I can’t stop that. I am contracted to Mansfield Town and I am just getting on with my job until someone tells me otherwise.

“The chairman and I have a good relationship, and I’d like to think that if anyone made contact the chairman would give me a call. I have been in this game a long time and I know you are always two or three games away from the sack in this business.”

A former member of Pool’s coaching staff could be poised to return to the game elsewhere.

Steve Thompson, who assisted Simon Grayson, Ian Holloway and Paul Ince at Pool, is being linked with Championship rivals Huddersfield Town.

Thompson remains a popular figure at Bloomfield Road and is the man Terriers boss Mark Robins wants to assist him at the John Smith’s Stadium.