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5 candidates for the Blackpool job

Neil McDonald parted company with Blackpool this week, meaning that chairman Karl Oyston is once again searching for a new manager to take the helm at Bloomfield Road. The next appointment will be their EIGHT manager in four years!

With that being the case, speculation is rife as who indeed who will be man set the task of at the very least preventing the club suffering a third consecutive relegation. A League Two promotion push is the aim, but who are the runners and riders?

Therefore, lets take a look at five names who have been linked to the role in the early stages. There is one overwhelming favourite, and it is someone who possesses no previous managerial experience.

Richie Kyle

This is a name which should be familiar to Blackpool fans but most outside of the club perhaps aren’t too aware of Mr Kyle. We’re pretty sure he is no relation to Jeremy, but he is a well respected coach that is making strides in the game. Interestingly, he was the one-time favourite to take the job before McDonald was appointed last summer.

For the past season, Kyle has been the first-team coach with the first-team, overseeing coaching and providing general assistance to McDonald. Prior to this he has mainly been working with players of a much younger age, with clubs like Blackburn and Everton on his coaching CV. He was Head of Coaching at Blackpool before working closely with the youth-team as well. A handful of youngsters made the step-up to the first-team when Kyle was involved with that setup.

Perhaps the club want an energetic type to drive the club forward next season. The job has become less appealing over the past few seasons, not just because of their on the field problems, but their off the field dramas as well. The fans are clearly unhappy with Oyston leading the club, and Kyle would need to pull everyone in the right direction to be a case. At the time of writing, he is the even money favourite to be named the next manager.

Click ‘Next’ to reveal another likely contender.

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