Who wants the Blackpool job? Gary Taylor-Fletcher does but Ian Holloway and Simon Grayson say no

Gary Taylor+Fletcher
Gary Taylor+Fletcher
Share this article

Speculation regarding the vacant manager’s job at Blackpool has started in earnest, with two former bosses ruling themselves out and one ex-Seasider throwing his hat into the ring.

READ MORE: The Gazette's live Q&A following Bowyer's resignation
Following Monday’s shock resignation of Gary Bowyer, both Ian Holloway and Simon Grayson were quick to quash rumours they would be interested in a return despite leading the bookies’ odds.

But one man who has expressed an interest in the job is former fans’ favourite Gary Taylor-Fletcher, who admitted it would be hard to turn down the role.

Bowyer, meanwhile, told The Gazette he is likely to comment on his decision to step down later this week.

Holloway, one of the club’s most successful managers after leading Pool into the Premier League in 2010, was instantly installed as the bookies’ favourite.

But the 55-year-old provided an empathic response when quizzed about the links by The Gazette.

When asked if he would consider the job, Holloway replied: “No, I’m still being paid by QPR and I have a year to go.

“I’m also doing some media work like I’ve done before and I will wait until October to see what happens.

“That’s when the crazy sack season usually happens and I’ll have to wait and see.”

Grayson was a guest on BBC Radio Lancashire when news of Bowyer’s exit broke and he said: “I don’t think I’m ready to go back into management.

“I had the option of a two-year deal at Bradford, which I turned down because I didn’t think it was right for me.

“At this moment in time I’m enjoying my time off and I’m enjoying my media work. So I would think it would be very unlikely I would go back to Blackpool at this moment in time.”

Among the current favourites for the job is Taylor-Fletcher, a man who made over 200 appearances during a seven-year spell with the club.

Now retired, the 37-year-old has most recently been in work as assistant manager to Kevin Nicholson at Welsh side Bangor.

The pair led the club to a second placed finish in the Welsh Premier League last season but left in May after the club was demoted after failing to obtain a tier one license.

“It’s one of them,” he said, when asked if he would be tempted by the role.

“Blackpool Football Club is very close to my heart and I’ve had 18 months of managerial experience of playing in Europe.

“I think a lot of ex-players from our time would be interested in it.

“I think there will be a lot of people you wouldn’t realise will want the job. It’s a massive club.

“Blackpool Football Club were in the Premier League. Of course a lot has changed since then, but you never know what can happen in the future.

“The club was a massive part of my football career and it’s probably the one club I hold closest to my heart.

“If the job was there then it would be very hard to turn down.”