Who next for Blackpool?

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BLACKPOOL are moving quickly to replace Michael Appleton as manager.

Appleton walked out of Bloomfield Road last night after being given permission to hold talks with Blackburn Rovers.

And although the 37-year-old’s move across Lancashire was yet to be finalised this morning, the Seasiders were already looking at possible replacements.

Former Nottingham Forest manager Sean O’Driscoll is the favourite for the post, with Pool chairman Karl Oyston set to talk to him in the next 24 hours.

Steve Thompson has again been placed in temporary charge and takes training this morning before travelling to London with the squad ahead of tomorrow’s game at Charlton.

Thompson led the Seasiders to a 2-0 win in his previous game as caretaker boss at Sheffield Wednesday in November, and will no doubt fancy a crack at the job on a full-time basis.

Thompson will promote development squad boss John Murphy to be his assistant at The Valley tomorrow.

Oyston and club secretary Matt Williams have compiled a shortlist of targets and will spend today approaching various parties to sound out their interest.

Favourite O’Driscoll was sacked by Forest on Boxing Day after just five months in charge.

The former Bournemouth and Doncaster boss left the City Ground club in eighth place in the Championship.

O’Driscoll was tipped to make an immediate return to management at Barnsley this week but, having held talks at Oakwell, decided to “respectfully decline” their offer.

The Gazette understands the 55-year-old is interested in the Blackpool job and will speak to Oyston as soon as Appleton’s move to Blackburn is confirmed.

Other names in the running include the former Burnley boss Steve Cotterill, ex-Barnsley man Keith Hill, Gary McAllister, Bradford boss Phil Parkinson and Billy Davies.

Paul Ince is a regular at Bloomfield Road to watch son Tom and has spoken to Oyston this week, though he is unlikely to be interested in the Bloomfield Road vacancy.

One high-profile name definitely out the running is Sven-Goran Eriksson.

The former England boss was quick to rule out a move to Blackpool, saying his was “absolutely not” interested.