Robinson and Houston speak out on Pool job

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KARL Robinson has explained why he turned down the chance to speak to Blackpool about their vacant manager’s job.

The Seasiders approached League One club MK Dons for permission to speak to their young manager, an approach which was ultimately rejected.

And Robinson revealed why he wasn’t interested, saying: “What would I be tempted to leave for?

“I want to be in the Premier League but I want to be at this club too. I’m still extremely young and I’ve got so much more to learn. There are a lot of things I need to do before I move on.

“I don’t want to run before I can walk, although I feel I am ready. I know I could do a good job. I’m not fearful of it but I’m in a good place.”

Another manager who interested Pool was Dundee United boss Peter Houston.

He was given permission to talk to the Seasiders, though Pool chairman Oyston decided not to follow this up and that has confused the 55-year-old Scot.

“I’m the innocent party here,” he said. “The (Dundee United) chairman said Mr (Karl) Oyston had contacted him and asked for permission to speak to me. My agent John Colquhoun said the same thing.

“At no time in my career as a manager at Dundee United have I applied for any jobs. John never put me in for the Blackpool job or phoned Karl Oyston.

“I was told by the chairman and my agent that permission had been granted for the Blackpool thing.

“Fine, you show respect and I would have been happy to listen, but I never got the phone call and I never got a reason for that.

“Perhaps the furore in the newspapers and on TV the next day put Mr Oyston off. I might be wrong.

“I see no reason why you ask for permission and then I don’t get a phone call, even to say you’ve changed your mind.”

Houston has been informed his contract at Tannadice will not be renewed once it expires at the end of the season.