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Ian Holloway Favourite for Blackpool Job

Former Clarets player,Steve Thompson is third favourite to take over the manager's role at Bloomfield Road following the departure of caretaker manager, Tony Parkes. He is currently assistant caretaker manager at Bloomfield Road.

In a list provided by bookies,Victor Chandler,Ian Holloway is favourite at 5/2 with Steve Thompson at 3/1.

The former Bolton and Luton midfielder, Steve Thompson moved from Leicester City to Burnley in February 1995 for a 200,000 transfer fee. He made 49 league appearances, scoring one goal before leaving at the end of the 1996-97 season to join Rotherham United. He also played for Halifax Town and Leigh RMI towards the end of his playing career.

Thompson started coaching with the Centre of Excellence at Blackpool and became Head of Youth Department in 2005.

He became first team coach in 2006 under Simon Grayson and helped the team with promotion to the Championship in 2006-7.In March 2008 he signed a new two year extension to his contract at Bloomfield Road

In December 2008 after Grayson left for Leeds United, Thompson now 44 became the assistant manager on a caretaker basis, with Tony Parkes as the caretaker manager.

Tony Parkes left Blackpool this week after a meeting with chairman Karl Oyston.

'He wanted to spend more time with his family and have a break from football,' Oyston told the club website.

Thompson though faces competition from a number of managers seeking a new role. Ian Holloway is the favourite but also in the list are former Clarets gaffers, Stan Ternent and Steve Cotterill both at 12/1

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 19 2009

Time: 1:15PM

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About time Steve Cotterill got another manager's job but he looks out of the frame for this one
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19/05/2009 13:17:00

By all accounts Blackpool have a short-list of five, bookies list above had 30 named!!Other names included Paul Ince, Paul Simpson, Aidy Boothroyd, Sammy McIlroy, Iain Dowie etc etc. Full list on Vital Blackpool's article-http://www.blackpool.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=514468
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20/05/2009 08:02:00

Now confirmed Holloway got it!
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21/05/2009 14:45:00

BBC Sport: Blackpool have unveiled Ian Holloway as their new manager. The 46-year-old has signed a one-year contract at Bloomfield Road, with an option for a second year......
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21/05/2009 14:58:00

Boothroyd expected to take the job at Reading by my sources....so expect to see him holding a tangerine scarf above his head in front of a phalanx of cameras at the Bloomfield slop bin any day now.
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21/05/2009 22:59:00

It's a brave club to give Holloway the job after what he did to Leicester. Still, he's always good for a funny quote, so he should be able to boost his salary with a stand-up job on the pier! He's also a good bloke, by all accounts, so good luck to him. But given that SC left Bfc 5 points off the play-off places while IH left Leicester in deep ****, it's a curious decision. Maybe SC made demands about Blackpool sorting their ground out, and that was considered unreasonable?
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22/05/2009 09:34:00

According to Tony Parkes it had nothing to do with spending more time with his family! me thinks this was a done deal before he left?
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22/05/2009 16:46:00

Probably more to it than meets the eye, certainly I know a few fans who were derogatory about Parkes although they hate Oyston even more
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22/05/2009 17:02:00


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