Interim Blackpool boss Terry McPhillips has publicly stated for the first time that he wants the vacant manager’s job on a permanent basis.
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Since Gary Bowyer’s shock resignation just one game into the season, McPhillips has overseen three wins, two draws and just one defeat.
His latest win came at Doncaster Rovers last night, when Blackpool progressed to the third round of the League Cup with a deserved 2-1 win.
McPhillips has appeared increasingly interested in the job in recent weeks but last night was the first time he confirmed his intentions to take the post.
He said: “I told you I’ve been loving it and, yes, I think I’d like the job.
“We had a conversation on Monday, so it’s not on the back of this game. I spoke with the club, so we will see what happens.”
As in the previous round, Pool came from behind to earn their place in tomorrow night’s draw.
Goals from Pool’s two summer signings from non-league, Michael Nottingham and Harry Pritchard, saw the Seasiders claim victory, having fallen behind to Alfie May’s effort.
The duo had also found the net in Pool’s first-round 3-1 win against Barnsley, when McPhillips’ men had again found themselves 1-0 down.
He added: “The players have been superb again and I can’t fault them.
“We made a load of changes – they made six and we made five – so the strength in depth is good and we have one or two to come back from injury, so it’s exciting. I thought we were good value for the win.
“I’ve just watched the clips back and I thought we made the better chances again. The stats will show we had more shots and more corners.
“In the end we have scored two and they have scored one.
“That’s twice now we have come from behind in this competition, so I’m delighted. Again the two lads from non-league have scored.”
Pool were once again without wantaway defender Curtis Tilt, who was left out of the squad for the second game running.
Championship side Ipswich Town could be set to seal a loan move ahead of Friday’s deadline, with a view to a permanent deal in January.
When asked why Tilt was once again left out, McPhillips said: “He got injured in training on Monday and got a bad knock after a collision with Chris Taylor, so that was that.
“He’s still tight and stuff. He’s got a tight hamstring and that’s it.
“We’ll have to see on Friday at tea time (if he will remain a Blackpool player).
“If he is, then hopefully he’s ready for Walsall on Saturday.”