Search goes on for next Pool boss

Nick Barmby
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NICK Barmby is the latest candidate to express an interest in the Blackpool manager’s job.

The former England star has been out of work since May, when he was sacked by Hull City following a dispute with the owners over transfer policy.

Reports in east Yorkshire suggest the 38-year-old is interested in the job and is keen to hold talks with chairman Karl Oyston.

Barmby was at the helm of hometown club Hull for less than six months, initially as player/caretaker boss. He won 13 of his 33 games in charge at the KC Stadium.

Barmby has coached nowhere else but is a hugely experienced player, with several of England’s top clubs on his CV.

As well as playing 23 times for his country, he played for Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Leeds.

It’s believed he is one of many Oyston is hoping to talk to in the next 24 hours. Pool’s search for a manager continues after another knockback yesterday.

The Seasiders made an official approach to MK Dons for permission to speak to their highy-rated manager Karl Robinson.

This was initially granted but the League One club confirmed yesterday morning that permission had been withdrawn following talks between Robinson and the board.

Reports in Birmingham also suggest Pool had a request turned down yesterday for Blues boss Lee Clark.

Despite supporters being desperate for news, Pool secretary Matt Williams says it’s impossible to put any deadline on an appointment.

He said: “I’m not 100 per cent sure of the timescale and I don’t think the chairman is either.

“As everyone knows, Karl never rushes into things and he won’t be pressured with this decision.

“The managerial appointments he’s made with here have been good. Even Michael Appleton, in the short time he was here, solved some of the defensive frailties we had.”

Caretaker Steve Thompson remains the bookies’ favourite for the job, while Barmby, Clark, and the out-of-work Paul Ince and Alan Curbishley remain in the running.