Seasiders great Tony calls for experience

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BLACKPOOL should turn to an experienced manager to replace Michael Appleton, says former Seasiders hero Tony Green.

The Seasiders Hall of Fame member, still a regular at Bloomfield Road, thinks Pool need to steady the ship with someone who has been there and done it at Championship level.

The club have been without a manager for almost two weeks and appear no closer to appointing their third manager of the season.

And former midfielder Green warned fans that if they want an experienced manager, they will have to settle for one who has failed elsewhere.

The 66-year-old Scot said: “Steve Thompson’s doing well but I think we need an experienced manager to put the club back on an even keel.

“We need someone who’s got plenty of experience and a decent track record.

“The problem we have is that any manager we go for will have failed somewhere along the line.

“If we want an experienced boss, he will have failed, otherwise he’d be in a job, so that’s the problem Blackpool have.

“It’s something the club and fans shouldn’t worry about. Even Ian Holloway struggled before coming to Blackpool.”

Billy Davies’ odds tumbled yesterday, with the Scotsman now odds-on to land the job.

While the former Nottingham Forest boss is high on Karl Oyston’s wish-list, the club have so far had nothing more than an informal chat with the 48-year-old and the sudden surge in bookies’ interest came as a surprise to officials at Bloomfield Road.

Former Bolton boss Owen Coyle remains in the club’s thoughts as does Birmingham City boss Lee Clark.

Oyston was due back at Bloomfield Road today, hoping to accelerate his search after making little progress all week.

It’s understood he is aware of the urgency of the situation, but is determined not to rush into an appointment.

While Pool’s players have said this period of uncertainty doesn’t change anything, Green insists it has an impact.

He added: “The situation worries me. I can understand the players being despondent, losing two managers in such a short space of time.

“I don’t know why it matters to players but it does. A change of manager shouldn’t effect players but it does.”

Green joined the Seasiders in 1967 from Albion Rovers, making more than 100 appearances for the club before moving on to Newcastle.

And he believes it’s much more than just the manager’s position which needs sorting out at Bloomfield Road.

He said: “If we want to play long ball through the middle and have a big forward winning headers, then we are fine to have the sort of pitch we have now.

“But Blackpool try to play football and the pitch isn’t helping at all, is it?”