Speaking to the BBC, Keith Southern, who played over 350 games for Blackpool, has thrown his hat into the ring to become the next manager of the club. The Tangerines are on the lookout for a new boss after it was decided Neil McDonald would leave the club.
That means the Bloomfield Road club are searching for their eight manager in four years and 35-year-old Southern believes he knows what the club needs to get back on the right track once again.
After a ten year spell as a player with the club, Southern has been monitoring the clubs decline very closely in recent times. Although he has no managerial experience to speak of, he is adamant that he could bring the good times back to the club, or at the very least halt their dramatic drop through the Football League.
The hard-working midfielder hasn’t hidden his desire to move into management and would happily discuss the vacancy with owner Karl Oyston if given the opportunity,
“I’ve made no secret it’s the path I want to go down.
“I’m a good way into my coaching badges, I ultimately want to become a manager or a coach and it’s something I’m looking to do in the near future – whether it’s Blackpool or somewhere else.
“I’ve spent the last two or three years building up to a moment where I could take an opportunity on if it was presented to me, but ultimately it’s up to Mr Oyston to decide.
“I think it should be a person who has the club at heart, knows the club inside out and cares about the club ultimately.”
Blackpool will be plying their trade in League Two next season, just five years after they were demoted from the Premier League under Ian Holloway. Since Holloway exited in November 2012, seven managers have been through the door and since departed.
Recently we published a list of five names would could be in the running to become the successor to McDonald, which included former boss Holloway, but now Southern’s name can certainly be added to that list.