Blackpool are still without a permanent manager after Gary Bowyer left following just one game this season. Here is an updated five potential candidates for the job-

Terry McPhillips- He has been in caretaker charge and looks set to bag himself the full-time position based on his performance so far. The League One side have lost just once in his nine games in charge, winning four of them. McPhillips worked as Bowyer’s assistant at both Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool and has really impressed as a number one so far.

Richie Wellens- If McPhillips does not take up the manager’s role for whatever reason, there are other options for Blackpool. Wellens is available after he was sacked by Oldham Athletic at the end of last season. He played over 200 games for the Tangerines as a player and knows the club inside out.

Owen Coyle- The experienced boss is another outsider for the job. He has previously managed the likes of St Johnstone, Burnley, Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic, Houston Dynamo, Blackburn Rovers and Ross County and is free now.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher- He spent six years at Blackpool as a player and was a fans’ favourite at Bloomfield Road. The 37-year-old got his first taste of managerial experience in Wales last season with Bangor City. He left them in May and is now considering the next move of his career.

Simon Grayson- The well-travelled manager guided Blackpool to promotion to the Championship in 2007 and is somewhat of a League One promotion specialist having also been promoted with Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Preston North End. He will be linked with a lot of job openings this season, but a return to his former club Blackpool is unlikely.


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